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The Hills Remember: The Complete Short Stories of James Still (Hardcover)
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Best known as the author of the acclaimed novel River of Earth (1940), Alabama native and adopted Kentuckian James Still remains one of the most critically important writers of Appalachian literature. The University Press of Kentucky has long been the publisher of his work, beginning in 1980 with the reissue of River of Earth and the publication of his final story collection, The Run for the Elbertas. The Press also played a key role in the final flourishing of Still's career in the 1980s and 90s, when he published several works, ranging from children's books to a collection of folktales, and became the acknowledged "Dean of Appalachian Literature." In 2001, just after Still's death, the Press issued From the Mountain, From the Valley: New and Collected Poems, edited by Ted Olson, which was met with critical acclaim and strong sales. Now, Ted Olson proposes to collect Still's short stories, including those from the three major collections, On Troublesome Creek (1941), Pattern of a Man and Other Stories (1976), and The Run for the Elbertas (1980), as well as uncollected and littleknown works. Although Still was recognized as an important short story writer in his day-many stories initially appeared in such publications as The Atlantic and The Saturday Evening Post and were included in Best American Short Stories and O Henry Prize collections-the stories have been overshadowed by Still's better‐known work. Olson's proposed introduction will offer a complete reassessment of the stories, placing them in the context of Appalachian literature, Still's own body of work, and the work of other notable short stories writers of the period. The Collected Stories of James Still is an essential addition to UPK's list in Appalachian studies and regional literature and will spark renewed interest in the fiction of this beloved Kentucky writer. Ted Olson is associate professor of Appalachian Studies and English at East Tennessee Sate University. He is the editor of From the Mountain, From the Valley: New and Collected Poems of James Still (UPK), and coeditor of James Still: Critical Essays on the Dean of Appalachian Literature (McFarland) and The Bristol Sessions: Writings about the Big Bang of Country Music (McFarland).
About the Author
James Still (1906--2001) was the author of numerous works of fiction and poetry, including River of Earth; From the Mountain, From the Valley: New and Collected Poems; and Chinaberry.Ted Olson is professor of Appalachian Studies and English at East Tennessee State University. He is the editor of From the Mountain, From the Valley, the editor of two scholarly books exploring James Still's work, the coeditor of The Bristol Sessions: Writings about the Big Bang of Country Music, and the author of Blue Ridge Folklife and Breathing in Darkness: Poems.