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Robert Ruark (1915-1965) was an
acclaimed and proliﬁc writer who grew upamidst the beauty and serenity of Southport,North Carolina, a wooded oasis nestledbeside the sprawling Cape Fear River,a small distance away from the beachesof the Atlantic Ocean on the East Coast.While Ruark grew up in the small, quiettown of Southport, he achieved great fameand wealth world wide, becoming an exoticlegend in his own time, but the memoriesand experiences he accrued during his earlyyears in the natural splendor of the North Carolina beaches neverleft the worldly Ruark. In fact, his most notable work, by mostaccounts, was his
Old Man and The Boy
series that covered thedays spent in his childhood home in Southport.
The Old Man and The Boy
series produced two books and a number of articles for
Field and Stream Magazine
, a magazine for which he penned acolumn for nearly a decade. More than a half a million sportsmenroutinely read the column each month.Robert Ruark began his writing career in two small Southportnewspapers, but he rose to stardom and became a householdname as a syndicated columnist and best selling author in the1940’s, 50’s and 60’s. His work as a columnist during World WarII catapulted Ruark to fame and fortune. Ruark was every bitlarger than life during his heyday. He was as well known for hisactivities as he was for his Hemingwayesque writing style. Ruarkwas a noted big game hunter, waterman and sportsman, skills hedeveloped early on during his life in Southport, as the area isrife with animals, nature and both fresh and saltwater estuaries,rivers and beaches. As a youth, Ruark was infected by the beautyof the outdoors in Southport, an infection he would never cure.Ruark traveled and owned homes all over the world during hisillustrious life, but he always maintained a home and returned toSouthport, a testament to the beauty and allure of the area and itsimpact on the writer.While Ruark was a journalist and ﬁctional novelist, his best workthroughout his lengthy career always pertained to the love of theoutdoors he developed in his youthful summers at Southport. Hewrote about many of the things he did in his life, from his youthto his death, such as a novel about achieving his lifelong dreamof going on an African Safari called
Horn of the Hunter.
wrote for countless Newspapers and Magazines for over threedecades, authoring over a dozen books and even a writing anddirecting a ﬁlm, but all in all, he will forever be remembered asSouthport, North Carolina’s favorite son - a maverick adventurerand story teller who loved all the joy that could be found in thebeauty and sublimity of nature.
Southport & Robert Ruark