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From the Mountain, From the Valley

From the Mountain, From the Valley: New and Collected Poems

James Still
Edited by Ted Olson
Copyright Date: 2001
Pages: 176
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    From the Mountain, From the Valley
    Book Description:

    James Still first achieved national recognition in the 1930s as a poet. Although he is better known today as a writer of fiction, it is his poetry that many of his essential images, such as the "mighty river of earth," first found expression. Yet much of his poetry remains out of print or difficult to find.

    From the Mountain, From the Valley collects all of Still's poems, including several never before published, and corrects editorial mistakes that crept into previous collections. The poems are presented in chronological order, allowing the reader to trace the evolution of Still's voice. Throughout, his language is fresh and vigorous and his insight profound. His respect for people and place never sounds sentimental or dated.

    Ted Olson's introduction recounts Still's early literary career and explores the poetic origins of his acclaimed lyrical prose. Still himself has contributed the illuminating autobiographical essay "A Man Singing to Himself," which will appeal to every lover of his work.

    James Still, the first poet laureate of Kentucky, recipient of two Guggenheim Fellowships and many other awards and honors, is the author of numerous works, including his masterful novel River of Earth.

    Ted Olson, associate professor of Appalachian studies and English at East Tennessee State University, is the author of Blue Ridge Folklife and the editor of CrossRoads: A Southern Culture Annual.

    eISBN: 978-0-8131-4615-7
    Subjects: Language & Literature

Table of Contents

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. [i]-[iv])
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. [v]-[viii])
  3. Preface
    (pp. 1-4)
    Ted Olson
  4. A Man Singing to Himself: An Autobiographical Essay
    (pp. 5-24)
    James Still

    Who we are, where we came from, what our ancestors did before us, and where and how we lived has much to do with what we might compose in verse and story.

    Of English and Scotch-Irish stock, my ancestors settled in Virginia during pioneer days, the Lindseys at Berryville, the Stills near Cumberland Gap. A roadside marker at Jonesville, Virginia, denotes the birthplace of Alfred Taylor Still (1828–1917), who conceived the medical system of osteopathy. He was one of our “set.” On my mother’s side my great-grandmother was a Georgia Lanier. Tradition has it that some of my ancestors...

  5. The Poems

  6. Bibliography
    (pp. 153-160)
  7. Index of Titles
    (pp. 161-163)
  8. Index of First Lines
    (pp. 164-166)