English professor publishes third book

Jul 13, 2010 | General News

 Dr. Rick Simmons, the George K. Anding Endowed Professor of English and director of the Honors Program at Louisiana Tech, has just published his third book, Hidden History of the Grand Strand.
The book chronicles the often-overlooked aspects of the history of the coastal area of South Carolina from Georgetown to Little River, known as the Grand Strand, which includes Simmons’ home, Pawleys Island, S.C. The book looks at events spanning more than 500 years, from the lost Spanish flagship Capitana in 1526 to the German U-Boats that reportedly roamed the Intracoastal Waterway with the help of local collaborators during World War II. 
The book also examines little-known aspects of local history such as the now-vanished villages of La Grange and Lafayette, the great canal on North Island, the wrecks of the Freeda A Wyley, the USS Harvest Moon, and the City of Richmond; and the stories behind the legend of Old Gunn Church, the Ocean Forest Hotel, the U-Boat pens on the Waccamaw River, and Blackbeard’s lair on Drunken Jack Island.
The book is available online at, Barnes &, and other national book retailers, as well as at bookstores along the East Coast. Hidden History of the Grand Strand follows his previous books Factory Lives: Four 19th-Century British Working-Class Autobiographies (Broadview Press, 2007), and Defending South Carolina’s Coast: The Civil War from Georgetown to Little River (The History Press, 2009).