Best known as the author of the acclaimed novel ""River of Earth"" (1940), Alabama native James Still is one of the most critically acclaimed writers of Appalachian literature. This volume, a compilation of scholarly essays exploring Still's literary work, is the first book-length collection of its kind. It explores the full range of Still's literary interests, with separate chapters devoted to his short stories, poetry, folkloric writings, and writings for children. The book also contains a collection of transcribed interviews with Still, providing valuable background information on his life and career.
Ted Olson lives in Johnson City, Tennessee, and teaches Appalachian Studies and English at East Tennessee State University. Kathy H. Olson teaches English and writing classes at Appalachian State University. She lives in Johnson City, Tennessee.