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  • Author(s): Carol Boggess
  • Series:
    Book Collections on Project MUSE
  • Publication Information:
    Lexington, Kentucky : The University Press of Kentucky. 2017
  • معلومة اضافية
    • Publication Type:
      eBook.
    • Abstract:
      James Still (1906--2001) first achieved national recognition in the 1930s as a poet, and he remains one of the most beloved and important writers in Appalachian literature. Though he is best known for the seminal novel River of Earth -- which Time magazine called a'work of art'and which is often compared to John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath as a poignant literary exploration of the Great Depression -- Still is also recognized as a significant writer of short fiction. His stories were frequently published in outlets such as the Atlantic and the Saturday Evening Post and won numerous awards, including the O. Henry Memorial Prize.In the definitive biography of the man known as the'dean of Appalachian literature,'Carol Boggess offers a detailed portrait of Still. Despite his notable output and importance as a mentor to generations of young writers, Still was extremely private, preferring a quiet existence in a century-old log house between the waters of Wolfpen Creek and Dead Mare Branch in Knott County, Kentucky. Boggess, who befriended the author in the last decade of his life, draws on correspondence, journal entries, numerous interviews with Still and his family, and extensive archival research to illuminate his somewhat mysterious personal life. James Still: A Life explores every period of Still's life, from his childhood in Alabama, through the years he spent supporting himself in various odd jobs while trying to build his literary career, to the decades he spent fostering other talents. This long-overdue biography not only offers an important perspective on the author's work and art but also celebrates the legacy of a man who succeeded in becoming a legend in his own lifetime.
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    • Related ISBNs:
      9780813174181. 9780813174198. 9780813174204.
    • Accession Number:
      1001434242
    • Accession Number:
      1470802
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    • ABNT:
      CAROL BOGGESS. James Still : A Life. Lexington, Kentucky: The University Press of Kentucky, 2017. ISBN 9780813174181. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=1470802&custid=s8280428. Acesso em: 12 ago. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Carol Boggess. James Still : A Life. The University Press of Kentucky; 2017. Accessed August 12, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=1470802&custid=s8280428
    • APA:
      Carol Boggess. (2017). James Still : A Life. The University Press of Kentucky.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Carol Boggess. 2017. James Still : A Life. Book Collections on Project MUSE. Lexington, Kentucky: The University Press of Kentucky. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=1470802&custid=s8280428.
    • Harvard:
      Carol Boggess (2017) James Still : A Life. Lexington, Kentucky: The University Press of Kentucky (Book Collections on Project MUSE). Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=1470802&custid=s8280428 (Accessed: 12 August 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Carol Boggess 2017, James Still : A Life, Book Collections on Project MUSE, The University Press of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, viewed 12 August 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Carol Boggess. James Still : A Life. The University Press of Kentucky, 2017. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=1470802&custid=s8280428.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Carol Boggess. James Still : A Life. Book Collections on Project MUSE. Lexington, Kentucky: The University Press of Kentucky, 2017. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=1470802&custid=s8280428.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Carol Boggess. James Still : A Life [Internet]. Lexington, Kentucky: The University Press of Kentucky; 2017 [cited 2020 Aug 12]. (Book Collections on Project MUSE). Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=1470802&custid=s8280428

Reviews

LJ Reviews 2017 October #2

James Still, whose novel River of Earth (1940) depicted the coal mining life in eastern Kentucky and was regarded as the equal of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath during its time, is known as the "Dean of Appalachian literature." Born in Lafayette, AL, in 1906, Still spent most of his life in a log house on the Dead Mare Branch of the Little Carr Creek in Knott County, KY. While doing graduate work at Vanderbilt University, he became interested in the lives of the miners on the state's eastern side. His fiction, which was published in the Atlantic and the Saturday Evening Post, was recognized as being the best type of regional stories. He is the recipient of an O. Henry Award and the Southern Author's Award. Boggess, the president of the Appalachian Studies Association and a former English professor at Mars Hill University, met Still late in his life and, to her surprise, he selected her as his biographer. Her book is both a labor of respect for his work and an important reminder of his contributions to literature and Appalachian studies. Using interviews, archival materials, and Still's correspondence and journals, she offers insights into his personal and professional life. VERDICT An important contribution to readers interested in Kentucky, Appalachian literature, and the 1930s.—Pam Kingsbury, Univ. of North Alabama, Florence

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