In The Prince of Tides, Pat Conroy
wrote: “My wound is geography. It also is my anchorage, my port of call.” Pat found
his “home” in Beaufort, SC, now his final resting place and the location of a
literary festival in his memory. So many of his fictional works depict his
lowcountry experience and offer personal glimpses of his family (The Great Santini), his education (The Lords of Discipline), and his work (The Water is Wide). He passed away on
March 4th, perhaps leaving a message to keep “marching forth” and
striving. His words and honesty remain a continuing influence.