Stars Fell on Alabama

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Stars Fell on Alabama is truly a classic. The book enjoyed enormous popularity and notoriety when it was first published (it was a selection of The Literary Guild and also sold widely in Europe). It can be described as a book of folkways?not journalism, or history, or a novel. At times it is impressionistic; at other times it conveys deep insights into the character of Alabama. Carmer visited every region of the state, always accompanied by someone intimately familiar with the ...

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Overview

Stars Fell on Alabama is truly a classic. The book enjoyed enormous popularity and notoriety when it was first published (it was a selection of The Literary Guild and also sold widely in Europe). It can be described as a book of folkways—not journalism, or history, or a novel. At times it is impressionistic; at other times it conveys deep insights into the character of Alabama. Carmer visited every region of the state, always accompanied by someone intimately familiar with the locality. The mosaic that emerges from the pages of his book portrays Alabama’s human landscape in all its variety, and it is a work essential to an understanding of Alabama and its culture.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Carmer reveals himself here as a writer of more than ordinary perceptiveness and imagination, with the power of extracting from what he sees, hears, and feels an essence which is fundamentally poetic."
New York Times

"The 'strange country' that Carmer visited hardly exists anymore save in his pages. Alabama is a healthier, richer, more just, and better-educated place. Yet whenever I read the dazzling initial image of the book--when I see through Carl Carmer's words a blood-colored moon and pine trees standing darkly against the sky--it is possible to understand the power of that old, dark magic."
—From the Introduction by Howell Raines

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780817310721
  • Publisher: University of Alabama Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2000
  • Series: Library of Alabama Classics Series
  • Edition description: 2
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 294
  • Sales rank: 950,474
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Carl Carmer,  a Harvard-educated New York state native, was one of America's most popular writers during the 1940s and 1950s with thirty seven books, documentary films, his own radio program, and four albums of regional songs to his credit. He taught at The University of Alabama for seven years during the 1920s.

Howell Raines, an Alabama native and former New York Times editorial page editor and Pulitzer Prize winner, is the author of My Soul Is Rested: Movement Days in the Deep South Remembered and Fly Fishing through the Midlife Crisis.

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