This book is another crucial link in the development of Appalachian Studies and Appalachian Literature as recognized fields of study. It came in 1975, a little over a decade after the initial works that were the true pioneers in the field, but it came the year before the Cratis Williams Symposium was held at Appalachian State, and two years before the first of the continuous Appalachian Studies Conferences. Significantly, it combined fiction and non-fiction expositions of the region, following a roughly chronological path. New editions of this book appeared until 1995.
New York: Frederick Unger, 1975. 540 pages with a Selected Bibliography.