NC Literary Hall of Fame



Searching for Virginia Dare: On the Trail of the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island by Marjorie Hudson

Press 53
$17.95, paperback / $7.99, e-book
ISBN: 978-1-935708-87-2
May, 2013
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“Hudson’s writing style is fluid and poetic. . . . Those who value the art of writing as well as substance will enjoy this ‘fool’s errand.’”
North Carolina Libraries Journal

Marjorie Hudson’s book, Searching for Virginia Dare, gained critical acclaim from novelists, reviewers and historians alike when it first came out in 2002. Part detective story, part road trip, part memoir, the book explored the mysterious disappearance of Virginia Dare and the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island. Hudson’s lyrical language and self-revelation brought a fresh flavor to the centuries-old tale of the first English child in America. This latest edition of Searching for Virginia Dare: On the Trail of the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island, from Press 53, features thirty-three additional pages detailing Hudson’s continued fascination with the subject, seeking history and legend in Rome, London, and the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Marjorie Hudson was born in a small town in Illinois, raised in Washington, D.C., and now lives in rural North Carolina. Her fiction collection, Accidental Birds of the Carolinas, won attention as a PEN/Hemingway Honorable Mention for Distinguished First Fiction, a Novello Literary Award Finalist, and Perpetual Folly’s Best Story Collection of 2011. A North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship recipient, Hudson has published stories, essays and poems in five anthologies and many magazines and journals. She writes about outsiders encountering the South, whether they are English colonists or modern-day retirees, and she remains obsessed with the mystery and history surrounding the fate of Virginia Dare.

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