Conversations with Kentucky Writers

Overview

Whether they left Kentucky and returned, as Wendell Berry did, or adopted the Commonwealth as home, like James Still, or grew up and left for good, like Barbara Kingsolver, these writers share a common experience: they have all felt Kentucky's influence.

L. Elisabeth Beattie explores this connection in twenty intimate interviews, presenting some of the state's -- and the nation's -- best-loved writers at their most insightful and revealing. Included: Wendell Berry, Billy C. ...

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Overview

Whether they left Kentucky and returned, as Wendell Berry did, or adopted the Commonwealth as home, like James Still, or grew up and left for good, like Barbara Kingsolver, these writers share a common experience: they have all felt Kentucky's influence.

L. Elisabeth Beattie explores this connection in twenty intimate interviews, presenting some of the state's -- and the nation's -- best-loved writers at their most insightful and revealing. Included: Wendell Berry, Billy C. Clark, Michael Dorris, Leon Driskell, Sue Grafton, James Baker Hall, Wade Hall, Fenton Johnson, Barbara Kingsolver, George Ella Lyon, Bobbie Ann Mason, Taylor McCafferty, Ed McClanahan, Jim Wayne Miller, Sena Jeter Naslund, Marhsa Norman, Chris Offutt, Lee Pennington, Betty Layman Receveur, and James Still.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Delicious to dip in and out of and easy to browse... and just to enjoy the rustling of good sharp minds under the eaves of this house of writing." -- Appalachian Journal

"The writers discuss their regional connections, while noting the ways regional writing can be universal. This collection of interviews offers -- with conversational immediacy -- practical advice, poignant recollections, funny stories, and profound insights to stimulate readers and writers of any region." -- Bookwoman

"Valuable because it deepens our understanding of writers we wish to know better." -- Bowling Green Daily News

"Twenty authors in all are interviewed by L. Elisabeth Beattie... the insight allowed by these conversations make them more familiar -- and appreciated -- still." -- Chevy Chaser

"Kentucky has produced an impressive literary genus, from the social and agrarian criticism of Wendell Berry to the bestselling 'alphabet murder' mysteries of Sue Grafton." -- Cincinnati Enquirer

"Lively and enlightening, intimate and insightful, Beattie's interviews with Kentucky writers truly live up to their billing. Like the best of conversations between old friends, each of these inspired encounters is packed with pleasure and ripe with revelation. The collection, a keeper for all serious readers and writers, is sure to become a Commonwealth classic." -- Dianne Aprile

"The perfect book for readers interested in Kentucky writers and how they, in their own words, became writers." -- The News-Democrat

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813190433
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • Publication date: 3/1/2003
  • Series: Kentucky Remembered: an Oral History Series
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Wendell Berry 2
Billy C. Clark 22
Michael Dorris 38
Leon Driskell 58
Sue Grafton 80
James Baker Hall 96
Wade Hall 114
Fenton Johnson 132
Barbara Kingsolver 150
George Ella Lyon 172
Bobbie Ann Mason 188
Taylor McCafferty 202
Ed McClanahan 220
Jim Wayne Miller 240
Sena Jeter Naslund 262
Marsha Norman 282
Chris Offutt 298
Lee Pennington 318
Betty Layman Receveur 340
James Still 356
Index 375
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