Tales from Sacred Wind: Coming of Age in Appalachia: The Cratis Williams Chronicles(Contributions to Southern Appalachian Studies Series)

Tales from Sacred Wind: Coming of Age in Appalachia: The Cratis Williams Chronicles(Contributions to Southern Appalachian Studies Series)

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by Cratis D. Williams
     
 

Prior to his death in 1985, Cratis Williams was a leading scholar of and spokesperson for Appalachian life and literature and a pioneer of the Appalachian studies movement. Williams was born in a log cabin on Caines Creek, Lawrence County, Kentucky, in 1911. To use his own terms, he was "a complete mountaineer."

This book is an edited compilation of Williams'

Overview

Prior to his death in 1985, Cratis Williams was a leading scholar of and spokesperson for Appalachian life and literature and a pioneer of the Appalachian studies movement. Williams was born in a log cabin on Caines Creek, Lawrence County, Kentucky, in 1911. To use his own terms, he was "a complete mountaineer."

This book is an edited compilation of Williams' memoirs of his childhood. These autobiographical reminiscences often take the form of a folktale, with individual titles such as "Preacher Lang Gets Drunk" and "The Double Murder at Sledges." Schooled initially in traditional stories and ballads, he learned to read by the light of his grandfather's whiskey still and excelled at the local one-room school. After becoming the first person from Caines Creek to attend and graduate from the county high school in Louisa, he taught in one-room schools while pursuing his own education. He earned both a BA and MA from the University of Kentucky before moving to Appalachian State Teacher's College in 1942; later he earned a Ph.D. from New York University and then returned to Appalachian State.

Editorial Reviews

Choice
detailed...entertaining...stories retold in carefully reconstructed dialect vividly resurrect a lost society...marvelous...recommended. All levels
Library Journal
this book provides an insightful look into the unique life of this influential scholar and is essential for all Appalachian studies collections
Journal of Appalachian Studies
remarkable

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786414901
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
03/11/2003
Series:
Contributions to Southern Appalachian Studies , #8
Pages:
456
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.98(d)

Meet the Author

David Cratis Williams, son of Cratis, is an associate professor of communication at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. Patricia D. Beaver is director of the Center for Appalachian Studies at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The compilation of Cratis Williams's stories about his life and the wonderful photographs of his family and friends are the true gems of this book. Williams's family is comprised of countless memorable characters, including Ulyssis, the young, inspirational school teacher tragically shot by a local misfit; Uncle Wash, the square-bearded man who enjoys being a boogieman for children, but not necessarily to teach them a lesson; and wretchedly poor Preacher Lant, who takes on a farmhand job with Cratis's father only to sample too much of the latter's whiskey. In the end, the main draw to Cratis's world is the in-depth look at Appalachian culture, and the experience of the early and mid 20th century, especially when led by peripheral and long-overlooked peoples. Overall, this is a book worth having just for the history it preserves.