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Ray Hicks: Master Storyteller of the Blue Ridge by Robert Isbell

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Ray Hicks (1922-2003) was simply the quintessential paragon of Appalachian story-tellers. He lived his whole life in the house were he was born on Beech Mountain, not too far from Boone, North Carolina. He took as his mission in life to re-enact the traditional stories his grandfather had told. He was honored with the 1983 National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.  In case you wonder if this is the definitive book on Ray Hicks, note the fact that Wilma Dykeman wrote the foreword. Plus it won the 1997 Thomas Wolfe Literary Award AND the Historical Book Award from the North Carolina Society of Historians.  Robert Isbell is a former journalist and bank executive with a cabin on Beech Mountain.

Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1996. 176 pages with Sources and a Foreword by Wilma Dykeman. Trade paperback