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The World of Julia Peterkin: Cheating the Stillness

This film chronicles the controversial life of South Carolina author and Converse College alumna Julia Peterkin. Wednesday at 8 p.m. on PBS-HD.

Peterkin won a Pulitzer Prize in 1929 for Scarlet Sister Mary, a sensitive portrayal of rural African Americans of the 1920's.

Hailed by W.E.B. Du Bois for her "eye and ear to see beauty and hear truth," this white plantation mistress shattered stereotypes of race and gender before she inexplicably stopped writing at the height of her career.

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