The Kentucky Anthology: Two Hundred Years of Writing in the Bluegrass State

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Wade Hall
University Press of Kentucky, Sep 12, 2010 - Literary Collections - 896 pages
Long before the official establishment of the Commonwealth, intrepid pioneers ventured west of the Allegheny Mountains into an expansive, alluring wilderness that they began to call Kentucky. After blazing trails, clearing plots, and surviving innumerable challenges, a few adventurers found time to pen celebratory tributes to their new homeland. In the two centuries that followed, many of the world’s finest writers, both native Kentuckians and visitors, have paid homage to the Bluegrass State with the written word. In The Kentucky Anthology, acclaimed author and literary historian Wade Hall has assembled an unprecedented and comprehensive compilation of writings pertaining to Kentucky and its land, people, and culture. Hall’s introductions to each author frame both popular and lesser-known selections in a historical context. He examines the major cultural and political developments in the history of the Commonwealth, finding both parallels and marked distinctions between Kentucky and the rest of the United States. While honoring the heritage of Kentucky in all its glory, Hall does not blithely turn away from the state’s most troubling episodes and institutions such as racism, slavery, and war. Hall also builds the argument, bolstered by the strength and significance of the collected writings, that Kentucky’s best writers compare favorably with the finest in the world. Many of the authors presented here remain universally renowned and beloved, while others have faded into the tides of time, waiting for rediscovery. Together, they guide the reader on a literary tour of Kentucky, from the mines to the rivers and from the deepest hollows to the highest peaks. The Kentucky Anthology traces the interests and aspirations, the achievements and failures and the comedies and tragedies that have filled the lives of generations of Kentuckians. These diaries, letters, speeches, essays, poems, and stories bring history brilliantly to life. Jesse Stuart once wrote, “If these United States can be called a body, Kentucky can be called its heart.” The Kentucky Anthology captures the rhythm and spirit of that heart in the words of its most remarkable chroniclers.
 

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Contents

Crystal Wilkinson
526
Barbara Kingsolver
532
Chris Holbrook
549
Gayle Compton
557
Chris Offutt
561
The Dramatic Tradition in Kentucky
567
John Patrick
570
Marsha Norman
572

John James Audubon
47
Robert Emmett McDowell
54
Jude Deveraux
56
Carolyn Lott Monohan
60
Charles Dickens
61
The Scourges of Slavery and Civil War
67
Alexis de Tocqueville
69
William Wells Brown
74
Josiah Henson
75
Harry Smith
80
Milton Clarke
83
Jefferson Davis
86
Abraham Lincoln
88
Harriet Beecher Stowe
93
Clara Rising
106
Alfred Leland Crabb
109
Charles Bracelen Flood
121
Allen Tate
125
Politicians Teachers Preachers and Occasional Poets
129
Julia A Tevis
132
Henry Clay
135
J Proctor Knott
138
Henry Watterson
141
Amelia B Welby
142
William Shakespeare Hays
144
Thomas Johnson Jr
146
William F Marvin
148
William O Butler
149
Henry T Stanton
151
Theodore OHara
153
Untitled
157
James Lane Allen
158
John Fox Jr
166
Annie Fellows Johnston
174
Alice Hegan Rice
177
Virginia Cary Hudson
179
John Uri Lloyd
181
Eliza Calvert Hall
184
Irvin S Cobb
188
Lucy Furman
198
James H Mulligan
203
Robert Burns Wilson
206
Joseph S Cotter Sr
207
Madison Cawein
210
Cale Young Rice
213
From Arnow to Warren
215
Elizabeth Madox Roberts
216
Caroline Gordon
232
Ben Lucien Burman
237
Harriette Simpson Arnow
246
Robert Penn Warren
261
James Still
277
Jesse Stuart
289
Janice Holt Giles
305
Gwen Davenport
311
Thomas Merton
319
Elizabeth Hardwick
328
Hollis Summers
337
Cordia Greer Petrie
345
John Jacob Niles
349
Edwin Carlile Litsey
351
Sarah Litsey
352
Cotton Noe
354
Olive Tilford Dargan
358
The Contemporary Kentucky Writer
359
Billy C Clark
360
Walter Tevis
364
Ed McClanahan
369
Pat Carr
372
Jane Stuart
376
Leon Driskell
385
Martha Bennett Stiles
393
Wendell Berry
395
Gurney Norman
405
Sallie Bingham
412
Sue Grafton
419
Hal Charles
430
Bobbie Ann Mason
434
Joe Ashby Porter
455
Sena Jeter Naslund
467
Lucinda Dixon Sullivan
479
Michael Dorris
481
Linda Bruckheimer
485
Ralph Cotton
488
Gayl Jones
493
George Ella Lyon
497
John Hay
502
Silas House
511
Dwight Allen
516
Jane Martin
574
George C Wolfe
576
Mary Anderson
581
Contemporary Nonfiction
585
Thomas D Clark
588
John Fetterman
594
Kathy Kahn
601
Patricia Neal
606
Verna Mae Slone
612
Linda Scott DeRosier
616
Harry M Caudill
623
David Dick
626
Muhammad Ali with Richard Durham
630
Virginia Honchell Jewell
638
Jo Anna Holt Watson
642
Harlan Hubbard
649
Hunter S Thompson
656
Guy Davenport
660
Joseph Phelps
666
Paul Quenon
669
Abraham Flexner
674
Alanna Nash
677
Wade Hall
680
Anne McCarty Braden
692
Gerogia Davis Powers
696
Cass Irvin
703
Fenton Johnson
709
Jerry Brewer
716
A Shower of Poets
719
Albert Stew art
720
John Filiatreau
722
Betty Layman Receveur
724
Jonathan Greene
726
Miriam Woolfolk
727
Aleda Shirley
729
Virginia Pile
731
Jeffrey Skinner
733
Lee Pennington
734
Leonard Slade
735
Catherine Sutton
737
Frank X Walker
739
Jane Mayhall
742
Ron Seitz
743
R Meir Morton
745
Jane Gentry
747
Eve Spears
749
Woodridge Spears
751
Quentin Howard
752
Lillie D Chaffin
754
Carolyn Wilford Fuqua
756
Reid Bush
758
Bruce Bennett Brown
759
Jim Wayne Miller
761
Logan English
763
Maureen Morehead
765
Cora Lucas
767
Leatha Kendrick
769
Charlie Hughes
770
John Spalding Gatton
771
Charles Semones
773
Roberta Scott Bunnell
776
Dot Gibbs
778
Patricia Ramsey
779
Prentice Baker
781
Mary ODell
782
Mary Ann TaylorHall
783
Ann Jonas
784
Vivian Shipley
786
Charles Williams
788
Donald Vish
789
Sarah Gorham
790
Boynton Merrill Jr
792
Hortense Flexner
794
Joy Bale Boone
795
James Baker Hall
796
Joe Survant
799
Richard Taylor
800
Tony Crunk
802
Davis McCombs
804
Maurice Manning
806
Kathleen Driskell
808
Joe Bolton
809
Abigail Gramig
810
Frederick Smock
812
Biographies
813
Bibliography
861
Copyrights and Permissions
867
Index
873
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Wade Hall is professor of English at Bellarmine College. He is the editor of the Kentucky Poetry Review and has written extensively on southern literature and history.

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