First published in 1913,The Heart of the Hillsis the last novel completed by John Fox Jr. and the final piece in his mountain trilogy. This companion toThe Little Shepherd of Kingdom ComeandThe Trail of the Lonesome Pineis crucial to an understanding of Fox's views.
InThe Heart of the HillsFox revises his earlier thoughts about mountain people. He depicts more clearly than in his previous work just how they were exploited by outside industrialists-those men who, in the words of Fox's hero Jason Hawn, "got rich diggin' our coal an' cuttin' our timber." He also reveals the long-term impact of this exploitation on the environment. Having witnessed the ravages of clearcutting on his travels through the mountain country of Kentucky and Virginia in 1911-1912, Fox was all the more receptive to the warnings voiced by his environmentally conscious father. From their letters and diaries it is clear that John Fox Sr.'s influence permeatesThe Heart of the Hills; in this work, dedicated to his dying father, Fox determined to make amends to the mountain people.
Subjects: Language & Literature
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