Louis Rubin’s tenure at UNC lasted more than two decades, but in the realm of Southern literature, his colleagues say his legacy will live on forever.
“Oh goodness, he cast a long shadow,” said Randall Kenan, an English professor. “Not only over this department, but over Southern literary studies throughout the South. He was just that important.”
Rubin passed away Saturday — just three days shy of his 90th birthday — after battling kidney disease for several years.
Rubin co-started The Southern Literary Journal and Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, a publishing company focused on propelling unpublished young writers.
Rubin was an established author, but Shannon Ravenel, his former student at Hollins University, said he always intended to help young talents overcome the difficulties of getting published. She is also the co-founder of Algonquin Books.