Hunter's Horn

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Overview

Michigan State University Press is proud to announce the re-release of Harriette Simpson Arnow's 1949 novel Hunter's Horn, a work that Joyce Carol Oates called "our most unpretentious American masterpiece."  
     In Hunter's Horn, Arnow has written the quintessential account of Kentucky hill people—the quintessential novel of Southern Appalachian farmers, foxhunters, foxhounds, women, and children. New York Times reviewer Hirschel Brickell declared...

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Overview

Michigan State University Press is proud to announce the re-release of Harriette Simpson Arnow's 1949 novel Hunter's Horn, a work that Joyce Carol Oates called "our most unpretentious American masterpiece."  
     In Hunter's Horn, Arnow has written the quintessential account of Kentucky hill people—the quintessential novel of Southern Appalachian farmers, foxhunters, foxhounds, women, and children. New York Times reviewer Hirschel Brickell declared that Arnow "writes...as effortlessly as a bird sings, and the warmth, beauty, the sadness and the ache of life itself are not even once absent from her pages."  
     Arnow writes about Kentucky in the way that William Faulkner writes about Mississippi, that Flannery O'Connor writes about Georgia, or that Willa Cather writes about Nebraska—with studied realism, with landscapes and characters that take on mythic proportions, with humor, and with memorable and remarkable attention to details of the human heart that motivate literature.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870134371
  • Publisher: Michigan State University Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/1997
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 375
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Harriette Simpson Arnow (1908-1986) was born in Kentucky and later moved to Detroit. Arnow is among the foremost chroniclers of Appalachian life and the great postwar migration north.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2008

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    I've read Between the Flowers and Dollmaker. Both are masterworks and both brought me to tears--especially Dollmaker which is one of the most heart-wrenching tales I have ever read and some of the most powerful prose. Compared to Dollmaker, Hunter's Horn is a quiet, more understated story. Events creep up on you as you imagine they do for the characters. The book isn't filled with the same level of tension and drama that you find in Dollmaker--which has one particularly horrifying scene--but, in a way, that's what makes it so gripping. What happens is comparatively unremarkable but always authentic and believable. I was especially drawn to Suse's character; her story was the most poignant. Like, Arnow's other female protagonists she is determined to be fiercely independent. As a reader, you root for her to transcend her circumstances--I won't give away what happens to her. There is a hopeless that marks the three Arnow books I've read, yet the characters are drawn so vividly and the stories are so immersive that the experience of reading her books is worth how sad you will feel afterwards.

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