Late author Dorothea Benton Frank’s collection goes to auction Sept. 16

Provided; A young Dot Frank

On Sept. 16, the New York-based Doyle auction house will offer the Collection of Dorothea Benton Frank, a Charleston-born author who passed away last year.

Frank divided her time between Sullivan’s Island and Montclair, New Jersey, toward the end of her life. This auction will feature property from her Montclair home, decorated by New York interior designer Thomas Britt.

Bidders can peruse furniture, decorations and artwork and the desk where she wrote all 20 of her best-selling, Lowcountry-based novels.

You can access the auction online and virtually flip through the catalogue, too.

Frank, who was known to many as “Dottie” or “Dot,” set her novels in the Lowcountry, usually on or around Sullivan’s Island. Frank’s contemporary and fellow Lowcountry author Pat Conroy described her books as “funny, sexy and usually damp with sea water.”

Learn more about Frank’s books online at

Support the Charleston City Paper

We’ve been covering Charleston since 1997 and plan to be here with the latest and Best of Charleston for many years to come. In a time where local journalism is struggling, the City Paper is investing in the future of Charleston as a place where diverse, engaging views can flourish. We can't do it without our readers. If you'd like to support local, independent journalism:



Brookgreen Gardens presents work from quilter Cookie Washington

Connelly Hardaway

Gratitude, a fabric art exhibit by local quilter and arts activist Cookie Washington, is now on display at Brookgreen Gardens. The exhibit is presented in the Wall Lowcountry Center Auditorium now through Nov. 26.


9/27 COVID-19 update: 569 new cases; 3 deaths; 13.8 percent positive

COVID-19 updates: South Carolina health officials reported 569 new cases of coronavirus on Sunday, with three additional confirmed deaths. With 4,118 tests collected, the percent-positive rate was 13.8 percent. As of 6 p.m. Sept. 27, via S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control:Confirmed cases in S.C.:  141,909 (+569 new cases since Saturday)Percent Positive: 13.8% (up from 11%) Positive tests […]

October openings present pandemic-inspired art around Charleston

As the city settles into a new kind of normal during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, art galleries around town are reopening, both virtually and in-person for socially distant viewing.

LayWills levels up on new EP ‘Upper Class’

Lowcountry rapper LayWills’ sophomore album, Upper Class, is all about the next step up. Taking the formula she laid down in her debut EP PreSchool, LayWills upped the ante on the feel-good party vibe without losing the soul of that last album.

Challengers hope to shift Senate power, Charleston-area seats in play

As Democrats seek to flip four Senate seats in the Lowcountry in the Nov. 3 election, Republicans are looking to wrest five Democratic seats in reddening rural districts in the Upstate and Midlands. Of the Senate’s 46 seats, 27 currently are held by Republicans and 19 are held by Democrats. There are 32 seats facing […]