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Creative works set in Charleston, South Carolina facts for kids

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There have been many creative works set in Charleston, South Carolina. In addition, Charleston is a popular filming location for movies and television, both in its own right and as a stand-in for Southern and/or historic settings.


  • Porgy (1925), by DuBose Heyward, adapted into a play in 1927.
  • Several books by Citadel alumnus and novelist Pat Conroy, such as The Lords of Discipline set from 1963–'67, and (based on Conroy's experiences as a cadet at The Citadel) and South of Broad 2009.
  • Clive Barker's novel Galilee
  • Harry Turtledove's Southern Victory Series, an alternate history series about a Confederacy that won the Civil War
  • Rafael Sabatini's novel The Carolinian
  • The 1991 bestseller Scarlett, is the sequel to Gone with the Wind. In fact, Alexandra Ripley, the author of Scarlett, derived inspiration from the city for her novel Charleston and its sequel On Leaving Charleston.
  • The novel Werewolf Smackdown by Mario Acevedo is set in Charleston.
  • The novels Dreams of Sleep, Rich in Love, and The Fireman's Fair were written by Josephine Humphreys, a native of Charleston. All are set in Charleston and the Charleston area. Rich in Love was filmed on Mount Pleasant and in Charleston.
  • Virals, Seizure, Code, Exposure, and Terminal by Kathy Reichs are set in Charleston.
  • Celia Garth, a Revolutionary era novel by Gwen Bristow
  • Rick Riordan's hit teen book Mark of Athena, part of the Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus series has several scenes set in Charleston.
  • Sue Monk Kidd's 2014 novel The Invention of Wings. The book's story is partially situated in Charleston, the birthplace of Sarah Grimké, who also inspired the main characters of the novel.
  • North and South series of books by John Jakes, was partially set in Charleston.
  • Charleston by Alexandra Ripley was set in the town.
  • The Trust by Sean Keefer, a legal thriller, is set in and around Charleston.


  • George Gershwin's controversial folk opera Porgy and Bess (1935), based on the novel Porgy, is set in Charleston and was partially written at Folly Beach, near Charleston. A film version was released in 1959.
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