Literary History of Kentucky, A

Author: William S. Ward

The first comprehensive critical treatment of both the major and minor figures in the state’s literature, A Literary History of Kentucky looks at James Lane Allen, John Fox, Jr., Elizabeth Madox Roberts, Allen Tate, Robert Penn Warren, Caroline Gordon, Harriette Arnow, James Still, Jesse Stuart, Thomas Merton, Elizabeth Hardwick, Wendell Berry, Guy Davenport, Marsha Norman, and Bobbie Ann Mason, among many others. From Ward’s concise surveys of the lives and work of the state’s authors emerges an understanding of the significance of Kentucky’s contribution to the literature of the United States.

Ward’s reliable appraisals of specific works, bodies of work, and genres make this book essential for all readers interested of the Kentucky experience on fiction, poetry, drama, literary criticism and children’s literature.

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