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|Introduction: From a Race of Storytellers||1|
|Keepers of the Legends||7|
|"Serpentine Chain:" Love, Loss, and Remembrance in She Walks These Hills||23|
|"Based on a True-Story:" Using the Ballad of Frankie Silver to teach the Conventions of Narrative||33|
|The Lure of the Lore: Two Hamelin Novels by Sharyn McCrumb||51|
|Sharyn McCrumb's Use of Ballads in If Ever I Return, Pretty Peggy-O||59|
|The Art of Sharyn McCrumb Anthropologist and Balladeer||69|
|Lot in Life - Names and Places in Sharyn McCrumb's Ballad Series||81|
|A Song to Sing: Women in Sharyn McCrumb's Ballad Series||93|
|Mythical Mountains: The Mythology of Sharyn McCrumb's Ballad Series||111|
|Gender, Class, and Regional Tradition in Sharyn McCrumb's She Walks These Hills||123|
|The Old Ways: Nora Bonesteel in the Novels of Sharyn McCrumb's Ballad Series||137|
|Melungeons in McCrumb's Fiction||145|
|The World of Sharyn McCrumb: Mountain Communities Caught within Tradition and Change||159|
|The Songcatcher: "Cosmic Possums" on the Appalachian Song Path||169|
|The Past as Present||179|
|Bibliography of Sharyn McCrumb's Novels||185|
Posted June 29, 2009
I enjoyed reading an overview of one of my favorite authors. This non-fiction critique of Sharyn McCrumb's writing goes into great detail about her research, the personal background which caused her to write these stories & explains the many twists & turns of her plots.
I enjoyed finding a serious book which agreed with many of my own observations about her writing & characterizations.
My message to Sharyn: Where are you? Your fans, who love your unique stories, miss you dearly.