FLORENCE, S.C. – The English Department at Francis Marion University is honoring the memory of a colleague, Katharine Boling, who served on the English faculty from 1974 until her death in 2002.
Copies of her new children's book, January 1905, will be donated to FMU’s James A. Rogers Library and the Faculty/Alumni Cottage.
Boling was inspired to write January 1905 by photographs taken by Lewis Hines of child laborers in the early 1900s. The novel is about Pauline and Arlene, 10-year-old twin sisters, both worked to exhaustion, filled with longing and blinded by hatred for each other. Each is certain that the other has an easier life, but in the course of one remarkable week, each discovers how wrong she is.
Boling was a South Carolina native who earned master’s degrees from both Hollins University and the University of North Carolina. Her other books include the highly acclaimed A Piece of the Fox’s Hide, which recounted the story of the murderous Bigham clan of Pamplico, and two popular picture books, Country Bunnies and New Year Be Coming: A Gullah Year. She was also a popular teacher of writing and a highly esteemed colleague.
FMU English professor Mary McNulty remembers Boling as “gracious, generous and unassuming. For 28 years she taught her classes with dedication. At an age when she could have looked back over her career and counted her many accomplishments and looked ahead to the leisure years of retirement, Kit instead became a student once more and earned a second master’s degree. She leaves behind an ageless legacy, and January 1905 will be enjoyed by children and adults for years to come.”
January 1905 is published by Harcourt Young Classics and will be released May 1.
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