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- DescriptionIn Down the Wild Cape Fear , velist and nfiction writer Philip Gerard invites readers onto the fabled waters of the Cape Fear River and guides them on the 200-mile voyage from the confluence of the Deep and Haw Rivers at Mermaid Point all the way to the Cape of Fear on Bald Head Island. Accompanying the author by cae and powerboat are a cadre of people passionate about the river, among them a river guide, a photographer, a biologist, a river keeper, and a boat captain. Historical voices also lend their wisdom to our understanding of this river, which has been a main artery of commerce, culture, settlement, and war for the entire region since it was first discovered by Verrazza in 1524. Gerard explores the myriad environmental and political issues being played out along the waters of the Cape Fear. These include commerce and environmental stewardship, wilderness and development, suburban sprawl and the decline and renaissance of inner cities, and private rights versus the public good.
- Author BiographyPhilip Gerard is the author of three novels and five books of nonfiction including The Patron Saint of Dreams and is professor of creative writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, USA.
- Author(s)Philip Gerard
- PublisherThe University of North Carolina Press
- Date of Publication04/03/2013
- SubjectTravel Writing
- Place of PublicationChapel Hill
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintThe University of North Carolina Press
- Width156 mm
- Height235 mm
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