Blue-Grass and Rhododendron
John Fox, Jr., was born in the Kentucky Bluegrass region but moved to the mountains at the end of the nineteenth century, an era when the outside world was beginning to break through the mountain barriers to exploit the rich timber and mineral resources of the area. He was thus positioned to witness the mountain experience in its unadulterated form before it vanished forever. By 1901, when Fox collected the twelve sketches and essays that make up Blue-grass and Rhododendron, he was already the acclaimed author of three novels and some two dozen stories and short pieces of nonfiction that had been appearing for almost a decade in a number of national magazines. His vignettes of life in the Bluegrass and the mountains presented in this volume range from pleasant sketches of fishing expeditions to valuable, studied accounts of the social workings of mountain communities.