Writer, teacher. Born– February 18, 1888, Indiana.  Moved with his family  to the piney woods area of Marengo County as a child. Parents–Darius Wesley and Caroline M. Cripe.  Married–Nettie Heard, May 12, 1911.  Children–three.  Education– Little early education; worked at sawmilling and photography while preparing on his own for the state teachers examination.  Taught in Alabama rural schools, 1911-21; George Peabody College, B.S., 1923; M.S., 1925.   Taught at Lincoln Memorial University, Tennessee, 1925-27; Iowa Wesleyan College, 1928-29; free-lance writer, 1933-35;  University of Tennessee at Martin, 1935-58. Author of over 900 essays and articles, as well as novels. Member American Dialect Society. Awarded emeritus status on his retirement at the University of Tennessee at Martin, 1958. Died June 11, 1967.


Files at Jacksonville State University; University of Tennessee at Martin website


Bluegrass, Belles, and Bourbon; a Pictorial History of Whiskey in Kentucky. New York; A. S. Barnes, 1967.

Cabin in the Cotton. New York; R. Long and R. R. Smith, Inc., 1931.

Darker Grows the Valley. New York; Bobbs-Merrill, 1947.

For Chloe With Love. New York; Lea and Shepard Co., 1959.

Fury in the Earth. New York; Bobbs-Merrill, 1945.

The Ghosts of Slave Driver’s Bend. New York; Bobbs-Merrill, 1937.

I Was a Sharecropper. New York; Bobbs-Merrill, 1937.

Keepers of the House. New York; Bobbs-Merrill, 1940.

The Long Quest; the Story of John Wesley. Louisville, Ky.; Westminster Press, 1954.

Lost Homecoming. New York; Coward, McCann, 1950.

Mountainy Singer. New York; W. Morrow & Co., 1928.

My Heart’s in the Hills. Louisville; Westminster Press, 1956.

Perilous Journey; a Tale of the Mississippi River and the Natchez Trace. New York; Bobbs-Merrill, 1943.

Rider on the Bronze Horse. New York; Bobbs-Merrill, 1942.

Riders in the Night. Philadelphia; University of Pennsylvania Press, 1965.

Rogue’s Company; a Novel of John Murrell. New York; Bobbs-Merrill, s.d.

The Smouldering Fire. New York; Ace Books, 1955.

Summer Gold. Louisville, Ky.; Westminster Press, 1955.

Their Ancient Grudge. New York; Bobbs-Merrill, 1946.

Three Brothers and Seven Daddies. New York; R. Long and R. R. Smith, Inc., 1932.

The Usurper. New York; Bobbs-Merrill, 1941.

Waters Over the Dam. New York; Bobbs-Merrill, 1944.


Mounds in the Mist. New York; A. S. Barnes, 1970.


Collections of the papers of Henry Harrison Kroll are held at the University of Memphis and the University of Tennessee at Martin.