Shantyboat Journal

Shantyboat Journal

by Harlan Hubbard
     
 

Harlan and Anna Hubbard, newly married in middle age, build the boat of their dreams and drift down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers. Harlan is an artist and a writer with a poet's eye for the beauty of the world. Anna is a musician and an elegant master of the arts of graceful living. For seven years (1944-1951) the Hubbards make their home on their little boat,

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Harlan and Anna Hubbard, newly married in middle age, build the boat of their dreams and drift down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers. Harlan is an artist and a writer with a poet's eye for the beauty of the world. Anna is a musician and an elegant master of the arts of graceful living. For seven years (1944-1951) the Hubbards make their home on their little boat, drifting with the river, camping on the land.

Together they learn how to create and sustain a self-sufficient way of life that is infinitely fulfilling. It is a "river way of life" — free-flowing, endowed with the love of nature, the discovery of community, the rewards of good work, and the joy of creativity.

The journal is a witness to history, embracing the gentle spirit of an America now lost to modern "progress." It is one of the most significant renderings in our literature of a deeply felt sense of place.

Out of this journal grew Harlan Hubbard's enduring classic, Shantyboat, and his idyllic Shantyboat on the Bayous. His later Payne Hollow is a Thoreauvian testament to the values embodied in the homesteading life the Hubbards lived for four decades after they completed their epic river journey. Their life together has been praised by Wendell Berry as "one of the finest accomplishments of our time." The Shantyboat Journal reveals its creation.

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Editorial Reviews

Boating Books
Hubbard's journal writings are full, expressive, and enlightening -- both in a practical and a spiritual sense. Reminiscent of Thoreau's work, but not as obtuse, they convey a pleasure in simplicity, adventure, and creativity, and an appreciation for the working men and women of the rivers.
— Boating Books
From the Publisher
"Hubbard's journal writings are full, expressive, and enlightening — both in a practical and a spiritual sense. Reminiscent of Thoreau's work, but not as obtuse, they convey a pleasure in simplicity, adventure, and creativity, and an appreciation for the working men and women of the rivers." — Boating Books

Booknews
The primary source from which grew Hubbard's Shantyboat and other popular books, documenting the journey of middle-aged newlyweds down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers and across the Bayous from 1944 to 1951, drifting slowly in the houseboat he and musician Anna built. Includes a few of his drawings. No index or bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813118680
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
Publication date:
06/07/1994
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.59(h) x 1.24(d)

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