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James Still: A Life

Carol Boggess


James Still was a twentieth century American writer of poetry, stories, children’s literature, and folklore. His most enduring work was the 1940 novel River of Earth. This literary biography tells the story of Still’s life, which was simultaneously simple and complex, solitary and public, transparent and mysterious. Though born in Alabama, educated in Tennessee, and widely traveled in the world, Still and his writing are inseparably associated with the hills of eastern Kentucky: specifically, Hindman Settlement School and his log house on Dead Mare Branch. The biography explores how the place ... More

Keywords: Literary biography, River of Earth, Eastern Kentucky, Hindman Settlement School, Log house, Cultural legend, Beyond the hills, Private world, Archival collections, interviews

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780813174181
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813174181.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carol Boggess, author
Mars Hill University

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