Their Ancient Grudge by Harry Harrison Kroll
First published in 1946, Harry Kroll's fictional portrayal of the legendary Hatfield-McCoy feud (1878-90) is seen through the eyes of six women of the two families. Their Ancient Grudge stands as the last major treatment of this iconic sliver of American culture completed before the story struggle was examined and reinterpreted by of a later generation of historians. Although the brutal cycle of the conflict often takes center stage, the novel is replete with sensitive observations of Appalachian nature and landscape, and most strikingly, the cultural positions occupied by women.
In crafting this compelling tale, Kroll drew both on historical studies and on interviews with descendants of the Hatfield and McCoy families as well as with other residents of the Tug Valley area of Kentucky and West Virginia. For this edition, Richard Saunders has written an introduction discussing Kroll's background, his influence on Appalachian literature, and his colorful ability to convey the nature of mountain culture and society throughout his works.
Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2008 - 324p