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The Wolfpen Notebooks: A Record of Appalachian Life
     

The Wolfpen Notebooks: A Record of Appalachian Life

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by James Still
 

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After keeping school for six years at the forks of Troublesome Creek in the Kentucky hills, James Still moved to a century-old log house between the waters of Wolfpen Creek and Dead Mare Branch, on Little Carr Creek, and became "the man in the bushes" to his curious neighbors. Still joined the life of the scattered community. He raised his own food, preserved

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After keeping school for six years at the forks of Troublesome Creek in the Kentucky hills, James Still moved to a century-old log house between the waters of Wolfpen Creek and Dead Mare Branch, on Little Carr Creek, and became "the man in the bushes" to his curious neighbors. Still joined the life of the scattered community. He raised his own food, preserved fruits and vegetables for the winter, and kept two stands of bees for honey. A neighbor remarked of Still, "He's left a good job, and come over in here and sot down."

Still did sit down and write -- the classic novel River of Earth and many poems and short stories that have found their way into national publications. From the beginning, Still jotted down expressions, customs, and happenings unique to the region. After half a century those jottings filled twenty-one notebooks. Now they have been brought together in The Wolfpen Notebooks, together with an interview with Still, a glossary, a comprehensive bibliography of his work by William Terrell Cornett, and examples of Still's use of the "sayings" in poetry and prose. The "sayings" represent an aspect of the Appalachian experience not previously recorded and of a time largely past.

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Expressions, customs, and happenings unique to the region, as jotted down by Kentucky writer Still (b. 1906) over half a century, accompanied by an interview with Still, a glossary, a comprehensive bibliography of his work, and examples of his use of the poetry and prose. Portions of the book have been previously published. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"It is rare that so much information is given by a writer on his own use of folklore in literature... an important publication." — Journal of American Folklore

"Illustrates the rich and varied nature of Appalachian lore and conversation." — Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813143743
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
Publication date:
07/18/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
1,068,255
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

James Still's fiction has won numerous awards, including the Marjorie Peabody Waite Award and the O. Henry Memorial Prize.

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The Wolfpen Notebooks: A Record of Appalachian Life 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Comfortable" is not a word I would normally use when describing a book, until now. That is exactly how this book made me feel. I felt at home with each subject, as if I were seated in their home, warmed by a fire and curled up at their feet listening to their stories, jokes, heartbreaks. Splendid read. Well worth your time and money.