Tales About A Land Remembered & Other Books I've Written [NOOK Book]

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Travel with one of Florida’s favorite writers, Patrick D. Smith, as he takes you on a nostalgic journey to a Florida that exists today only in books, such as in his beloved novel, A Land Remembered. Catch a rare glimpse into the mind of a writer who not only embraced Florida as his new “sense of place,” but in so doing he preserved in literature a Florida that once was, but which never again will be.
 
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Tales About A Land Remembered & Other Books I've Written

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Overview

Travel with one of Florida’s favorite writers, Patrick D. Smith, as he takes you on a nostalgic journey to a Florida that exists today only in books, such as in his beloved novel, A Land Remembered. Catch a rare glimpse into the mind of a writer who not only embraced Florida as his new “sense of place,” but in so doing he preserved in literature a Florida that once was, but which never again will be.
 
Get to know both the author and the state of Florida better as he introduces you to the Florida of his youth. Share in his adventures along the way to writing his books, many of which are now modern-day classics. Learn about the “Florida Cracker” heritage upon which A Land Remembered is based and how he uncovered the rich untold stories of Florida’s pioneer families that he so exquisitely weaved into the book that many feel is the "Florida Cracker's Bible." 

Find out how working in a migrant camp led to his novel Angel City, which helped change laws that improved the lives of migrant workers. Gain an understanding of the Seminole Indians view of nature and how that led Patrick Smith to write his powerful yet somber accounts of conflict between the Seminole outlook and the modern world, Forever Island and Allapattah. 
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014496520
  • Publisher: Patrick Smith
  • Publication date: 4/12/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 860,954
  • File size: 24 KB

Meet the Author

Patrick D. Smith is a 1999 inductee into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame, which is the highest and most prestigious cultural honor that can be bestowed upon an individual by the state of Florida. A native of Mendenhall, Mississippi, he holds a B.A. degree and a Master's degree in English from the University of Mississippi. He moved to Florida in 1966.

In May 2002 Smith was the recipient of the Florida Historical Society's Fay Schweim Award as the "Greatest Living Floridian." The one-time-only award was established to honor the one individual who has contributed the most to Florida in recent history.

Smith has been nominated three times for the Pulitzer Prize, in 1973 for Forever Island, which was a 1974 selection of Reader's Digest Condensed Books both in the English language edition and in all of the worldwide foreign language editions; in 1978 for Angel City, which was produced as a "Movie of the Week" for the CBS television network; and in 1984 for A Land Remembered, which was an Editors' Choice selection of the New York Times Book Review. In the annual statewide The Best of Florida poll taken by Florida Monthly Magazine, A Land Remembered has been ranked #1 Best Florida Book ten times.

Smith's lifetime work was nominated for the 1985 Nobel Prize for Literature.

In 1990, Florida PBS-TV released a documentary, "VISIONS OF NATURE, Patrick Smith's Florida," which portrays his work as a writer and his "on-the-site" research. In 2007 Panorama Studios released a documentary, Patrick Smith's Florida: A SENSE OF PLACE, that has won several top film awards.

In October 1990 Smith received the University of Mississippi's Distinguished Alumni Award and was inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame. In 1997, the Florida Historical Society created a new annual award, the Patrick D. Smith Florida Literature Award, in his honor.

By an act of the 2006 Florida Legislature, a section of a major highway, SR 520 running from East Merritt Island across the Banana River to Cocoa Beach, was named the Patrick D. Smith Causeway. Secretary of State Sue Cobb was the dedication speaker with Senator Bill Posey acting as MC.

The Florida Humanities Council bestowed the Lifetime Achievement In Writing Award to Smith in March 2012.

Smith resides with his wife Iris on Merritt Island.
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