Sally Greene is an attorney, an independent scholar, and a member of the town council in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She appreciates her mother for supporting the freedom she has enjoyed to pursue these several callings, not all of them consistently, but always with enthusiasm. A graduate of George Washington University Law School, she practiced law in Washington, D.C., for several years before returning to her first love, literature. She earned a Ph.D. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she found her place.
Her scholarly interests include the law and literature of the Civil Rights Movement and the long legal history of race in North Carolina. She has written extensively, for example, on North Carolina Supreme Court Judge Thomas Ruffin’s State v. Mann (1929), the landmark opinion that solidified the right of a slave master to punish a slave with near-total impunity. An essay on Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman is forthcoming in the Cumberland Law Review.
Her work has appeared in the Journal of Modern Literature, Women’s Studies, Southern Cultures, and elsewhere. Her edited collection Virginia Woolf: Reading the Renaissance was published by the Ohio University Press in 1999. Woolf remains her muse.
Ten Things I Can’t Do Without
- Paul and Tucker
- A room with a view
- Modern art and architecture
- Jazz music, especially Bill Evans
- Sacred organ music, especially J.S. Bach
- My mother’s dining room table (made in North Carolina)
- A novel with a narrative big enough to live in
- East Texas freestone peaches
- French Roast coffee
- Winter sunsets