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  • Amos J Wright
    ... From: H-Net Discussion List on Appalachian History and Studies [mailto:H-APPALACHIA@H-NET.MSU.EDU] On Behalf Of Michael Birdwell Sent: Friday, October 19,
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      From: H-Net Discussion List on Appalachian History and Studies
      [mailto:H-APPALACHIA@...] On Behalf Of Michael Birdwell
      Sent: Friday, October 19, 2007 8:58 AM
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      Subject: Book Announcement: James Still

      _James Still: Critical Essays on the Dean of Appalachian Literature_.
      Edited by Ted Olson and Kathy H. Olson. McFarland & Co., Inc.,
      Publishers. Publication date: October 2007. 260 pages, $35, softcover.
      Contains photos, notes, bibliographies, index. ISBN 978-0-7864-3076-5.

      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. According to author Hal Crowther,
      "James Still was the last-and least known-of America's 'Greatest
      Generation' of writers." This compilation of 27 scholarly essays (some
      previously unpublished, some reprinted from hard-to-find sources)
      exploring Still's 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, Jane Mayhall, and Hal Crowther. The
      book explores the full range of Still's literary interests, with
      separate chapters devoted to _River of Earth_, his short stories,
      poetry, folkloric writings, and writings for children.

      TABLE OF CONTENTS:

      Introduction, by Ted Olson

      CHAPTER ONE: EARLY LITERARY AND PHILOSOPHICAL INFLUENCES
      * Rivers of Earth and Troublesome Creeks: The Agrarianism of James
      Still, by H. R. Stoneback
      * Headwaters: The Early Poetics of James Still, Don West, and Jesse
      Stuart, by Chris Green
      * Jesse Stuart and James Still: Mountain Regionalists, by Dayton Kohler

      CHAPTER TWO: _RIVER OF EARTH_
      * The Still Life in _River of Earth_: Exploring the Novel's Biographical
      Context, by Carol Boggess
      * Sense of Place in _River of Earth_, by Ruel E. Foster
      * A Vision of Change: Appalachia in _River of Earth_, by Martha Billips
      Turner
      * "This Mighty _River of Earth_": Reclaiming an Appalachian Masterpiece,
      by Ted Olson

      CHAPTER THREE: THE SHORT STORIES
      * Slick as a Dogwood Hoe Handle: Craft in the Short Stories, by Joe
      Glaser
      * "Menfolks Are Heathens": Cruelty in the Short Stories, by Fred
      Chappell
      * "The Nest": Images of Lost Intimacy, by Ron Willoughby
      * Creative Energy in "Mrs. Razor", by Joyce A. Hancock
      * Looking the Story in the Eye: "I Love My Rooster", by Randolph Paul
      Runyon

      CHAPTER FOUR: THE POETRY
      * Introduction to _The Wolfpen Poems_, by Jim Wayne Miller
      * The Poetry: "The Journey of a Worldly Wonder", by Jeff Daniel Marion
      * Still's Poetry and the Western Tradition, by Aleksis Rannit
      * "The Stillness After": Reflections on the Poetry, by Robert M. West
      * "The Long Way Around": Space, Place, and Syntax in "White Highways",
      by Diane Fisher

      CHAPTER FIVE: THE WRITINGS ABOUT AND FOR CHILDREN, AND THE FOLKLORIC
      WRITINGS
      * "We'll have to do something about that child": Representations of
      Childhood in the Short Stories, by Kathy H. Olson
      * Journeys of Childhood in the Fiction, by Carol Boggess
      * "Read my tales, spin my rhymes": The Books for Children, by Tina L.
      Hanlon
      * _The Wolfpen Notebooks_: A Record of Appalachian Life, by Jim Wayne
      Miller

      CHAPTER SIX: THE MAN AND HIS ART: REASSESSMENTS
      * Man on Troublesome, by Dean Cadle
      * Jim Dandy: James Still at Eighty, by Jim Wayne Miller
      * The Seamless Vision, by Fred Chappell
      * A Master Language, by Wendell Berry
      * Quality of Life, Quality of Art, by Jane Mayhall
      * A Man of the World, by Hal Crowther
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