First in Flight: The Wright Brothers in North Carolina [NOOK Book]

Overview

When Wilbur and Orville Wright arrived on North Carolina’s Outer Banks in the year 1900, they were unknown bicycle mechanics who dreamed of powered flight. Even after they achieved the first heavier-than-air, powered flight in the dunes of Kill Devil Hills on December 17, 1903, they remained obscure. But by the time of Orville’s last flights on the Outer Banks in 1911, they were two of the most famous men of the twentieth century.

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First in Flight: The Wright Brothers in North Carolina

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Overview

When Wilbur and Orville Wright arrived on North Carolina’s Outer Banks in the year 1900, they were unknown bicycle mechanics who dreamed of powered flight. Even after they achieved the first heavier-than-air, powered flight in the dunes of Kill Devil Hills on December 17, 1903, they remained obscure. But by the time of Orville’s last flights on the Outer Banks in 1911, they were two of the most famous men of the twentieth century.

In <i>First in Flight</i> author Stephen Kirk describes in marvelous detail the undeniable influence that the landscape and people of the Outer Banks had on the Wright Brothers’ quest for flight and, in turn, the lasting effect that the Wright brothers’ success had on this once-desolate region.

With its lively and often humorous narrative, <i>First in Flight</i> presents a broader context for the Wrights’ activities on the Outer Banks than any other book about the famous brothers. It details every aspect of the Wrights’ life on the North Carolina coast—the lifesavers they associated with, the local citizens they befriended, the other outsiders who came to the Outer Banks to participate in and report on their experiments, the Wrights’ perspective on local lifestyles, and the locals’ perspective on them.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016573472
  • Publisher: Blair, John F. Publisher
  • Publication date: 4/2/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 341
  • Sales rank: 1,293,548
  • File size: 11 MB
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Meet the Author

Stephen Kirk wrote his first short story during his junior year at St. Lawrence University. The assignment was to turn in a fifteen-page piece by the end of the semester, but he was so excited that he gave his professor a story in excess of twenty-five pages with six weeks still to go in the term. Pleased to have such an eager student, the professor read the entire story aloud to the class, then invited comments. What followed was the shortest critique session in history. After a minute’s silence, one student raised her hand. “Nothing happens,” she said. Her classmates nodded their unanimous agreement, and that was that. Though he might make every other writing mistake, Kirk decided that he would never again bore his audience.

Two years later, as an M.F.A. student at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, he wrote his second story. It appeared in the <i>Greensboro Review</i> and was subsequently selected by John Updike for reprinting in the Best American Short Stories series. Since then, he has written <i>First in Flight: The Wright Brothers in North Carolina</i>, now in its third printing, and <i>Scribblers: Stalking the Authors of Appalachia</i>.

Kirk has gotten to know many authors during his twenty-one years as a book editor. He has also been in the position of rejecting thousands of manuscripts, which has given him a special sympathy for struggling writers. This experience of witnessing an occasional publishing success amid an avalanche of failures gave him the idea for <i>Scribblers</i>, in which he observes a cross section of unpublished, self-published, genre, and literary writers in a small but vigorous authors’ town made famous by the likes of Thomas Wolfe, F. Scott Fitzgerald, O. Henry, Carl Sandburg, Gail Godwin, Charles Frazier, Robert Morgan, Fred Chappell, and others.

Born in Geneva, New York, Kirk has lived for more than twenty years in North Carolina. He currently resides near Winston-Salem with his wife and two daughters.
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