Sharon Hatfield is an independent writer and editor whose interests include Appalachian history, literature, and media. She is the author of Never Seen the Moon: The Trials of Edith Maxwell.
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The blossoming of Appalachian studies began some thirty years ago. Thousands of young people from the hills have since been made aware of their region's rich literary tradition through high school and college courses. An entire generation has discovered that their own landscapes, families, and communities had been truthfully portrayed by writers whose background was similar to their own.
“An American Vein succeeds where many southern scholarly studies fail, by considering the work of (Lee) Smith, (Fred) Chappell, and a host of other writers, living and dead, as embodiments of the mountain cultures that produced them.... The book's content is highly varied, rich, and sturdy.”
The Sewanee Review