The View from My Ridge

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The New Illustrated Edition of

The View from My Ridge


“Those of us who knew Charles Rice as friend and priest give thanks for this renewal of old times not forgotten. Those who knew him not at all will exult in the wit and wisdom of a new associate, teacher and playmate.”    Will D. Campbell, author of Brother to a Dragonfly

Illustrated with 150 photos and images!

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The View from My Ridge is a collection of finely crafted micro-essays offering a unique perspective on the spirit and personality of the mid-twentieth century American South—an era marked by the Great Depression, World War II and Korea, the “innocent” fifties and the turbulent sixties. The voice is that of an author in the midst of his own evolution from naïve mill-town boy to highly educated Episcopal priest and ever-questioning theologian.

Written in 1977 and originally published in 2003, this Revised 2nd Edition includes only the original manuscript. The selected essays and short stories that made up the second half of the first Canopic edition have been left out in order to accentuate the author’s original intent. The photos were added from the author’s personal collection and other sources, including photos developed in his backyard shed-turned-darkroom in Rossville, Georgia, circa 1945-50.



About the Author:
Born in the John Ross House in Rossville, Georgia, Charles Rice (1929-1986) lived most of his boyhood at the foot of Missionary Ridge on the Tennessee-Georgia state line. He served as both an ordained Methodist minister (1951-1958) and Episcopal Priest (1959-1986) during his storied career as a clergyman, theologian, writer, and teacher. His academic trail includes degrees from the University of Chattanooga, Emory University, Drew University, and the University of the South.