This is one of the most exciting books I've ever acquired because it is so rare and beloved by so many. These stories are told in the voice of a midwife living in the Smoky Mountains. This is the only book published by this author. It was completed when she was a student in the University of Iowa creative writing program after she graduated from Vanderbilt - where he senior thesis was on the folk ballads of Cocke County, Tennessee. Mildred Haun (1911-1966) grew up in Hoot Owl Holler in the Smoky Mountains, and aspired to be a midwife herself. Her grave even is marked, "Dr. Mildred Haun," either for that reason or because of the rarity of folks in that part of Hamblen County where she is buried to have done graduate work of any kind. I guarantee these stories will stay with you the rest of your life. They are replete with authentic folklore observed amid a plethora of life crises and struggles.
New York: Bobbs-Merrill, 1940. 290 page. Hardback without its dust jacket.