STILL, JAMES, 1906-2001


Novelist, poet, folklorist; educator, librarian. Born– July 16, 1906 in Double Creek (Chambers County) , Ala. Parents– J. Alex and Lonie (Lindsey) Still. Education– Lincoln Memorial University, A.B.; Vanderbilt University, M.A.; University of Illinois, B.S. (library science). Served in U.S. Army Air Force, WWII. Librarian at Hindman (Ky.) Settlement School, 1932-1939 and 1952-1962; professor of English at Morehead State University, 1962-1971; free-lance writer after 1971.  Commentator for “All Things Considered” on National Public Radio.  Member of the Board of Directors of the Kentucky Humanities Council. First Poet Laureate of Kentucky. Received MacDowell Colony Fellowship, 1938; O. Henry Memorial Prize, 1939; Southern Authors Award from Southern Women’s National Democratic Organization, 1940; Guggenheim Fellowship, 1941-1942; fiction award from American Academy of Arts and Letters, 1947. Awarded Litt.D. from Berea College, 1973, and L.H.D. from Lincoln Memorial University, 1974. Died April 28, 2001.


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Hounds on the Mountain. New York; Viking Press, 1937.

Jack and the Wonder Beans. New York; Putnam, 1976.

Patterns of Man & Other Stories. Lexington, Ky.; Gnomon, 1976.

River of Earth. New York; Viking, 1940.

River of Earth, the Poem and Other Poems. Lexington, Ky.; King Library Press, 1983.

The Run of the Elbertas. Lexington, Ky.; University Press of Kentucky, 1980.

Rusties, Riddles, and Gee-Haw Whimmy-Diddles. Lexington, Ky.; University of Kentucky Press, 1989.

Sporty Creek. New York; Putnam, 1977.

Way Down Yonder on Troublesome Creek. New York; Putnam, 1974.

The Wolfpen Notebooks; a Record of Appalachian Life. Lexington, Ky.; University of Kentucky Press, 1991.

The Wolfpen Poems. Berea, Ky.; Berea College Press, 1986.

The Wolfpen Rusties. New York; Putnam, 1975.

On Troublesome Creek. New York; Viking, 1941.