Louis D. Rubin, Jr.
Born in 1923, Louis D. Rubin Jr. graduated from the High School of Charleston and spent two years at the College of Charleston before moving to Richmond, VA. He spent one year at the University of Richmond, then served three years in the U.S. Army before receiving his bachelor's degree at Richmond. His master's and doctorate degrees came from Johns Hopkins University. He struck a major blow on behalf of Southern letters when he founded Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill. Rubin has written and edited more than 100 essays and books on Southern writers ranging from Mark Twain to Thomas Wolfe and William Styron. The books he has written include two novels: The Golden Weather and Surface of a Diamond, both set in Charleston.