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James Still: A Life by Carol Boggess

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The book is the product of twenty-five years of work, including a dissertation, unique access to resources, and a personal relationship not only with the subject, but with many of his friends and acquaintances as well. It is not only thorough and comprehensive but also very well-written. My full review of it is scheduled to appear in Appalachian Journal. James Still (1906-2001) published a novel, a poetry collection, and a story collection with prestigious New York publishers to glowing reviews before World War II, yet he lived into the 21st Century. He was often called “The Dean of Appalachian Literature” not only because of his longevity, but because of his erudition and his unparalleled command of regional idiom. Dr. Boggess recently came out of retirement to serve as Vice-President for Academic Affairs at Mars Hill College where she previously served the English Department.

Lexington: The University Press of Kentucky, 2017. 534 pages with an Index, Notes, Bibliography, and photos. Hardback in dust jacket