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Murder at Peddler’s Well

Stuart: “The great tall tales of this place have flown with the winds of yesterday”

If murder stories interest you, the JSF recommends Appalachian Murders and Mysteries, a collection of 23 true stories from West Virginia, Kentucky, and southern Ohio, a 411-page hardback book that James M. Gifford and Edwina Pendarvis edited for publication in 2016. 

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Murder at Peddler’s Well

In his 1956 autobiography, The Year of My Rebirth, Jesse Stuart briefly mentions the murder of “Nick” Nickapopolis, a pack peddler who worked W-Hollow on a monthly basis in the 1850s. Nick became a monthly regular for many years, normally spending about two days per month walking through the hollow and visiting each home. Adults liked and respected him, and little children remembered Nick fondly because he always had [...]

By |September 22, 2022|Categories: Appalachia, James M. Gifford|

The Thread That Runs So True

Beginning in 1937, a new book had been tumbling around in Jesse Stuart’s head. It was a book about education—a hymn and personal testimony to the profession of teaching. In 1948, he finished the book, and it was published the following year. “The Thread That Runs So True,” a classic of educational philosophy and educational history, is treasured by teachers throughout the world. It is the autobiographical story of [...]

James Still’s Sporty Creek tells of life in Kentucky hills during the Great Depression

Unlike Harriette Arnow and Jesse Stuart, whose novels have appeared on best-seller lists, James Still (1906-2001) never won a popular national audience. He did, however, win many honors and was well praised by a small but select band of supporters until late in his life when, between 1990 and his death in 2001, the University Press of Kentucky published five of Still’s works, including “Sporty Creek” which had previously [...]

Best Loved Short Stories of Jesse Stuart

The Jesse Stuart Foundation has just reprinted an attractive soft cover edition of “The Best-Loved Short Stories of Jesse Stuart,” a collection of 34 stories with an introduction by Robert Penn Warren. First published in 1982, this was the last Stuart book during the noted author’s lifetime – although several have been published since his death on February 17, 1984. The stories in this volume reveal the broad range [...]

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