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Sally Greene

Sally Greene is a member of the Orange County, North Carolina, Board of Commissioners. 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 most recent scholarly work has been to compile and write a critical introduction for The Edward Tales by Elizabeth Spencer, published in April 2022 by the University Press of Mississippi.

Other 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.

Her work has appeared in the American ScholarJournal of Modern LiteratureWomen’s StudiesSouthern Cultures, Southern Quarterly, and elsewhere. Her edited collection Virginia Woolf: Reading the Renaissance was published by the Ohio University Press in 1999.

Ten Things I Can’t Do Without

  1. Paul and Tucker
  2. A room with a view
  3. Modern art and architecture
  4. Jazz music, especially Bill Evans
  5. Sacred organ music, especially J. S. Bach
  6. My mother’s dining room table (made in North Carolina)
  7. A novel with a narrative big enough to live in
  8. East Texas freestone peaches
  9. French Roast coffee
  10. Winter sunsets