Elizabeth Allston Pringle
Elizabeth Allston Pringle's two books--A Woman Rice Planter (1913) and the posthumously published Chronicles of Chicora Wood (1922)--are considered classics of American regional nonfiction. The former, her best-known work, is a reconstruction of diary material and of sketches which appeared in The New York Sun between 1904 and 1907, all shaped into a volume published under the pseudonym Patience Pennington. Both books reveal the unique experience of a sensitive and articulate woman who spent her mature years managing a rice plantation in Georgetown County during the decline of South Carolina's rice-growing economy. A Woman Rice Planter was reissued by both The Reprint Company and the University of South Carolina Press, which brought it out as part of its Southern Classics Series.