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[Fox] Bill York. JOHN FOX Jr., APPALACHIAN AUTHOR. . NEW copy, trade paperback. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2003). 6x9. Photographs, chronology, notes, bibliography, index, 328 pages.

~~~ John Fox, Jr., was one of the first writers to use the mountains of southwestern Virginia and eastern Kentucky as a backdrop for his stories and novels about a people whose culture faced extinction. Writing was not a profession he chose quickly or painlessly--he was well into middle age when he made the decision and he struggled with his choice for a long time after--but he made quite a name for himself through his work. This work is a biography of Fox. It draws from personal and family correspondence and covers his entire life, from his birth in Stony Point, Kentucky, in 1862, to his death from pneumonia in Big Stone Gap, Virginia, in 1919. His early life and education at his fatherís school, his two years at Transylvania University in Lexington, his transfer to Harvard and graduation in 1883, his work for the New York Sun and Times and smaller newspapers, and return home in the mid-1880s to work with his half-brother in the coal mines are all documented. It was also around this time that he began his first novel, A Mountain Europa, and over the next thirty years he wrote dozens of short stories and nine novels from the family home in Big Stone Gap, including Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come (his first to gain the status of bestseller) and The Trail of the Lonesome Pine.


Garin, Marita (ed). SOUTHERN APPALACHIAN POETRY: An Anthology of Works by 37 Poets . NEW copy, trade paperback. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2008). 7x10. 36 photos, glossary, notes, index, 275 pages.

~~~ The mountain South thrives on centuries-old traditions, a fact well known to readers of Appalachian literature, which is among the richest and most evocative of any region in the country.
~~~ This anthology collects 225 poems by 37 poets of Southern Appalachia, from James Still and Louise McNeill to Robert Morgan, Fred Chappell and Charles Wright. Embracing the regionís strong narrative tradition, dialect and syntax, the collection also includes poems that redefine the terms of isolation, as technological change and heightened tourism bring the old and new ways into greater tension.
~~~ Autobiographical essays introduce each poet and his or her work. Notes explain colloquial, obscure, or historical references appearing in the poems.


Herrin, Roberta Teague & Sheila Quinn Oliver (eds). APPALACHIAN CHILDREN'S LITERATURE: An Annotated Bibliography . NEW copy, trade paperback. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2010). 7x10. Map, appendices, indexes, 355 pages.

~~~ This comprehensive bibliography includes books written about or set in Appalachia from the 18th century to the present. Titles represent the entire region as defined by the Appalachian Regional Commission, including portions of 13 states stretching from southern New York to northern Mississippi. The bibliography is arranged in alphabetical order by author, and each title is accompanied by an annotation, most of which include composite reviews and critical analyses of the work. All classic genres of childrenís literature are represented.


Ted Olson & Kathy H. Olson (eds), JAMES STILL: Critical Essays on the Dean of Appalachian Literature
. . NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2007). Photographs, notes, bibliography, index.
~~~ Best known as the author of the acclaimed novel River of Earth (1940), Alabama native James Still is one of the most critically acclaimed writers of Appalachian literature. This compilation of scholarly essays (new and reprinted from hard-to-find sources) exploring Stillís literary work is the first book-length collection of its kind and features contributions from leading scholars and writers, including Wendell Berry, Fred Chappell, Jim Wayne Miller, Jeff Daniel Marion, Diane Fisher, Dean Cadle, and Hal Crowther. The book explores the full range of Stillís literary interests, with separate chapters devoted to River of Earth, his short stories, poetry, folkloric writings, and writing for children.



Williams, Cratis D & Patricia D. Beaver (eds). TALES FROM SACRED WIND: Coming of Age in Appalachia. The Cratis Williams Chronicles. . NEW copy, trade paperback. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2003). 6x9. 76 photos, appendices, notes, index, 456 pages.

~~~ Prior to his death in 1985, Cratis Williams was a leading scholar of and spokesperson for Appalachian life and literature and a pioneer of the Appalachian studies movement. Williams was born in a log cabin on Caines Creek, Lawrence County, Kentucky, in 1911. To use his own terms, he was "a complete mountaineer."
~~~ This book is an edited compilation of Williamsí memoirs of his childhood. These autobiographical reminiscences often take the form of a folktale, with individual titles such as "Preacher Lang Gets Drunk" and "The Double Murder at Sledges." Schooled initially in traditional stories and ballads, he learned to read by the light of his grandfatherís whiskey still and excelled at the local one-room school. After becoming the first person from Caines Creek to attend and graduate from the county high school in Louisa, he taught in one-room schools while pursuing his own education. He earned both a BA and MA from the University of Kentucky before moving to Appalachian State Teacherís College in 1942; later he earned a Ph.D. from New York University and then returned to Appalachian State.


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