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J. R. LeMaster and Mary Washington Clarke have here assembled a distinguished collection of essays on the works of Jesse Stuart. A prolific writer, Stuart is at home in many different genres; his poetry, his short stories, his novels, and his autobiographical writings are widely known, and his books for children have enjoyed great popularity. Despite the variety of his work and despite the diversity of the ten essayists' points of view, there emerges from this volume a consistent view of a man whose close contact with the land and the people of his region has produced a distinctive body of writing.
H. Edward Richardson offers us a glimpse of Jesse Stuart at home, freely and earnestly discussing his work and relating it to the scenes about him. This essay forms a background for the other contributors' discussions of Stuart's humor, his use of folklore, and his persistent agrarian point of view. This, the first collection of all new critical essays on Stuart's writings, succeeds admirably in what criticism is supposed to do-making more accessible the important work of a significant writer.
J. R. LeMaster is director of the American Studies Program at Baylor University, Waco, Texas.
Mary Washington Clarke is emeritus professor of English and folklore, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green.
The University Press of Kentucky
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Literature in English, North America
LeMaster, J.R. and Clarke, Mary Washington, "Jesse Stuart: Essays on His Work" (1977). Literature in English, North America. 26.