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Pattern of a man & other stories. Lexington, KY : Gnomon, 2001
1st ed. with new afterword by Wendell Berry, 25th anniversary ed.
Includes: Mrs. Razor, A master time, Snail pie, A ride on the short dog, The nest,
Pattern of a man, Maybird Upshaw, The sharp tack, Brother to Methuselum, The scrape,
and Encounter on Keg Branch.
ISBN: 0917788753 (pbk.)
From the mountain, from the valley: new and collected poems.
Lexington : University Press of Kentucky, 2001
Edited by Ted Olson, includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Table of Contents
"James Still first achieved national recognition in the 1930s as a poet. Although he is better
known today as a writer of fiction, it is in his poetry that many of his essential images,
such as the "mighty river of earth," first found expression. Yet much of his poetry remains
out of print or difficult to find. From the Mountain, From the Valley collects all of Still's
poems, including several never before published, and corrects editorial mistakes that crept
into previous collections. The poems are presented in chronological order, allowing the reader
to trace the evolution of Still's voice. Throughout, his language is fresh and vigorous and
his insight profound. Ted Olson's introduction recounts Still's early literary career and
explores the poetic origins of his acclaimed lyrical prose. Still himself has contributed the
illuminating autobiographical essay "A Man Singing to Himself," filled with poignant and
** Author Notes **
James Still, the first poet laureate of Kentucky, recipient of two Guggenheim Fellowships and
many other awards and honors, is the author of numerous works.
Ted Olson is assistant professor of Appalachian studies and English at East Tennessee State
Sporty Creek. Lexington : University Press of Kentucky, 1999, 1977
"Sporty Creek" is a series set in the Kentucky Hills. Narrated by a young cousin of the
narrator of James Still's classic novel River of Earth, the book tells the story of one
family during the Great Depression. With work in the coal mines sporadic, they move from
place to place, trying to earn a living the best they can.
Illustrated by Paul Brett Johnson.
The velveteen rabbit: from the story by Margery Williams New Orleans. La.: Anchorage Press, 1998
2nd ed. Story by Margery Williams Bianco, 1880-1944, adapted by James Still. This is a children's story that
from which adults can also benefit.
An Appalachian Mother Goose. Lexington : University Press of Kentucky,1998
A compilation of Mother Goose rhymes as collected from the Appalachian region oral tradition.
James Still brings fresh life to the classic rhymes of Mother Goose, and introduces
readers to the delights of gooseberry pie, the festivities of Jockey Day, and the dangers
of witch-broom. 26 illustrations by Paul Brett Johnson.
James Still: portrait of the artist as a boy in Alabama. Lexington, Ky : King Library
In words of James Still based on taped interviews and conversations. Autobiographical material
compiled by Wade Hall.
Jack and the wonder beans. New Orleans, La. : Anchorage Press, 1996
With Snipes, Larry E.; Noderer, Mark; Snipes, Vivian Robin.
Adapted by Larry E. Snipes from the book by James Still; musical selections with original
lyrics by Mark Noderer; additional lyrics by Vivian Robin Snipes.
Those I want in heaven with me should there be such a place. Versailles, Ky.:
Printed by Adela Press at Larkspur Press, 1996
1 broadside ; 47 x 27 cm.
"The poem first appeared in Appalachian Journal." Broadside: "Published in honor of the
poet's ninetieth birthday, July, 1906."/ Adela broadside two. 200 copies./ Printed in
black with blue title on white stock. First line: First, I want my dog Jack.
Jack and the wonder beans. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 1996, 1977
In this Appalachian variant of the traditional tale, Jack trades his old cow to a gypsy
for three beans that are guaranteed to feed him his entire life.
Illustrated by Margot Tomes.
At the forks of Troublesome: 15th annual Appalachian Writers Workshop. Kentucky Educational
Television. [Lexington, Ky.]: KET, the Kentucky Network, 1993
1 videocassette (57 min.) Producer, Guy Mendes ; editors, James Walker, Otis Ballard.
In a workshop held at Hindman Settlement School, prominent Kentucky authors read excerpts
from their writings. Participants include James Still, Jim Wayne Miller, Lee Smith,
Gurney Norman, Chris Holbrook, Al Stewart, George Ella Lyon, and Ed McClanahan. Randy Wilson
provides musical accompaniment for James Still.
Heritage. Louisville, Ky.: Bellarmine College Press, 1992
1 sheet : ill. ; 33 cm.
"Printed in an edition of 500 copies ... on occasion of James Still's visit to the college."
1 sheet ( p.) : ill. ; 28 x 22 cm. Poem.
- Kentucky voices a bicentennial celebration of writing. Louisville, Ky.: Kentucky Center
for the Arts, 1992.
7 sound cassettes:Includes: book (88 p.)
[Vol. 1]. James Still -- [vol. 2]. Marsha Norman -- [vol. 3]. Jim Wayne Miller --
[vol. 4]. Sena Jeter Naslund -- [vol. 5]. Sarah Gorham ; Jeffrey Skinner -- [vol. 6].
Maureen Morehead -- [vol. 7]. Fenton Johnson.
Accompanying book contains essays by other noted Kentucky writers about the recorded
authors. Eight Kentucky writers read from their own works; previously recorded as part of
the Kentucky Center for the Arts' Readings series beginning in 1988.
- The secret history of the future. New York : Samuel French, 1992
A play with listed subject headings: Time travel-- Spain -- History -- 711-1516 -- Drama.
- Heritage. with Wilson, Randy and Jennings, Judith. Whitesburg, KY: June Appal
Side 1 presents a performance in which James Still reads some of his most
famous passages and poems, while Randy Wilson plays and sings traditional ballads and hymns.
Side 2 is an interview of James Still by Judith Jennings.
Contents: Appalachia: a definition -- River of Earth (poem) -- I was born humble -- from Afterword, The run for the Elbertas -- Wolfpen Creek -- Leap minnows, leap -- Dance on Pushback --
from River of earth -- Those I want in heaven with me should there be such a place --
Heritage -- James Still on his life and work, interview with Judith Jennings.
Traditional music performed by Randy Wilson: Poor pilgrim of sorrow; I will bow; My shepherd
shall supply my need; Fly around my pretty little miss; Camp a lil' while in the
wilderness; Sweet little Jesus boy; I can feel a soft wind sweeping./ Text of poem "Heritage"
printed on container insert.
- Appalachian week, 1991. Carson-Newman College.; Center for Educational Service to
Appalachia. Jefferson City, Tn: Carson-Newman College, 1991.
1 videocassette. Presentation of CESA award to James Still by Danny Marion, followed by
his comments, and the program Poetry and Music by James Still and Randy Wilson performed
in Phoenix Theater.
The Wolfpen notebooks: a record of Appalachian life Lexington, Ky.: University Press of
Still's fiction has been praised especially for its faithfulness to the idiom of the
Appalachian people. From the beginning Still jotted down expressions, customs, and happenings
unique to the region. The 'sayings' represent an aspect of the Appalachian experience not
previously recorded and of a time largely past. Folklorists, linguists, and all who have a
love of the Appalachian region will treasure this rich gleaning.
With a foreword by Eliot Wigginton.
Rusties and riddles & gee-haw whimmy-diddles. Lexington, Ky. : University Press of
Riddles and witticisms collected by the author from the people of the Kentucky mountains and
southern Appalachians and previously presented in two volumes: Way Down Yonder on
Troublesome Creek and The Wolfpen Rusties. Includes explanatory notes. Pictures by Janet McCaffery.
- River of earth: the play. with Wheeling, Teresa Ann. Dissertation: Radford University
vii, 57 leaves ; 29 cm.
A play based on the novel River of earth by James Still.
Wolfpen Creek. Emory, Va.: Iron Mountain Press, 1986
1 broadside ; 21 x 26 cm. A poem./ "An edition of one-thousand copies ...
on the occasion of James Still's eightieth birthday."
- The wolfpen poems. Berea College Press; Frankfort, Ky : Distributed by Gnomon
With an introduction by Jim Wayne Miller.
French-Corbett, Tom. An interview with James Still. Limestone, a literary
journal no. 1 1986: 53-75. Lexington, KY : Dept. of English, University of Kentucky
Interviewer is indicated as Limestone. By Tom and Carol French-Corbett and Lois Kleffman.
- James Still's birthday at Hindman Settlement School, Hindman, Ky., July 16, 1986
4 videocassettes (ca. 360 min.)
Title supplied by cataloger. Presented to Morehead State University Sept. 18, 1986.
- James Still. Highland Summer Conference: Radford University 1985
1 videocassette (55 min.)
Author James Still discusses his life and reads selections from his works in a lecture
presented as part of the 1985 Highland Summer Conference held at Radford University.
Program recorded by the Bureau of Telecommunications at Radford University.
- Conversation. Highland Summer Conference: Radford University 1985
1 videocassette (29 min.) Dr. Parks Lanier of the Radford University English Dept.
and James Still discuss many of the concepts and characters employed in Still's works.
Presented as part of the 1985 Highland Summer Conference. Produced by Radford University
and Radford University Department of English. Program recorded by Bureau of
Telecommunications at Radford University.
- Poems to a listener: readings and conversation with contemporary poets.
Amherst, Mass.: University of Massachusetts,1984
1 sound cassette (28 min.)
Host Henry Lyman of WFCR radio station in Amherst, Mass. talks and listens to James
Still of Knott County, Ky. as he reads his poetry and talks about the Kentucky hills.
- River of earth: the poem and other poems. Lexington, Ky.: Workshop, The King Library
14 leaves "This book was produced on a Washington handpress by the following students
in Gay Reading's class in beginning printing...: Paul Baker, Regina Blackburn, Kenneth Hill,
Edgar Hume, Robin Jones, Deborah Kessler, Deborah Witham, Linda Wonderly, and Madeleine
Yeh...[no.] 2 [of] 75 [copies]" Signed by the author.
- On Troublesome Creek. Winston-Salem, N.C., Palaemon Press,1983
Broadside. 28 x 21 cm. Palaemon Broadside,; no. 42. Printed in red and black on white
paper. Colophon at end: Palaemon Broadside. This edition is limited to 126 copies ...
First line: These people here were born for mottled hills.
- Common ground: a reading by James Still, James Sherburne, May 8, 1982,
Investors Heritage Auditorium, Frankfort, Kentucky
Frankfort Arts Foundation
Contents: James Still: The nest -- Hunter -- Apples -- Leap minnows,
leap -- Early whipporwill. James Sherburne: from Stand like men.
"This reading has been moderated by Al Smith..." Edited by Richard Taylor.
- Appalachian writers. Edwards, Bob Washington, D.C.: National Public Radio, 1980
1 sound cassette (59 min.) Reading and discussing their own works, Appalachian writers
James Still, Verna Mae Slone, and Gurney Norman share the common setting of the coal
country and how modern America has affected traditional Appalachian culture.
Originally broadcast July 16, 1980, on the National Public Radio program entitled Options.
Host and interviewer, Bob Edwards.
- The run for the Elbertas. Lexington, Ky.: University Press of Kentucky, 1980
Contents: I love my rooster -- The proud Walkers -- Locust summer -- Journey to the forks --
On Quicksand Creek -- The stir-off -- The burning of the waters -- School butter --
The moving-- One leg gone to judgment -- The quare day -- The fun fox --
The run for the Elbertas -- Afterword. Foreword by Cleanth Brooks.
ISBN: 0813114144; 0813101514 (pbk.)
- Mountain dulcimer. Emory, Va. : Iron Mountain Press, 1980
1 sheet ( p.) A poem, printed in black, with author's name, and drawing of a
dulcimer in red. Holograph signature of the poet.
- Appalachian writers. Oak Ridge, Tenn., Children's Museum of Oak Ridge, 1979
1 videocassette and booklet.
Seven Appalachian writers discuss and read from their work. Includes Fred Chappell, James Still,
Wilma Dykeman, Harriette Arnow, Gurney Norman, Jeff Daniel Marion, and Jim Wayne Miller.
Interviewer, Jim Stokely./ Recorded July-October, 1979. WSJK-TV Television station, Sneedville, Tenn.
Produced by Jim Stokely, Jim Kuehn, directed by Jim Kuehn.
- River of earth. Lexington : University Press of Kentucky, 1978
Reprint of the ed. published by Viking Press, New York, with a new foreword by Dean Cadle.
It is the story, seen through the eyes of a small boy, of three years in the life of his
family and their kin. He sees his parents pulled between the meager farm with its uncertain
promise of material prosperity. In the world privation, violence, and death, are part of
everyday life, accepted and endured.
- Jack and the wonder beans. New York: Putnam, 1977
In this Appalachian variant of the traditional tale, Jack trades his
old cow to a gypsy for three beans that are guaranteed to feed him his entire life.
Illustrated by Margot Tomes. ISBN: 0399204989
- Sporty Creek: a novel about an Appalachian boyhood. New York: Putnam, 1977
When work ceases in the Kentucky coal mines during the Depression, a young boy and his
family move to the mountains to live off of their land. Illustrated by Janet McCaffery.
ISBN: 0399205772; 0399610669
- Pattern of a man & other stories. Lexington, Ky.: Gnomon, 1976
Contents: Mrs. Razor.--A master time.--Snail pie.--A ride on the short dog.--The nest.
--Pattern of a man.--Maybird Upshaw.--The sharp tack.--Brother to Methuselum.--The scrape.--
Encounter on Keg Branch.--Glossary.
ISBN: 091778801X; 0917788001
- The Wolfpen rusties: Appalachian riddles & gee-haw whimmy-diddles. New York: Putnam,
A collection of sayings and riddles from the hills of Kentucky. Illustrated by Janet McCaffery.
ISBN: 0399204601.; 0399609504
- Way down yonder on Troublesome Creek; Appalachian riddles & rusties. New York, Putnam
A collection of riddles and other witticisms from the Appalachians of
Kentucky. Pictures by Janet McCaffery.
ISBN: 0399203613; 0399608508 (lib. bdg.)
- River of earth. New York, Popular Library, 1968
- Hounds on the mountain [poems]. Lexington Ky, The Anvil Press, 1965
Anvil Press. Special publication V. 250 copies "printed for the Anvil Press by Anne and
- Hounds on the mountain. Lexington [Ky.]: Anvil Press, 1965
Special publication (Anvil Press); 5; Variation: SOLINET/ASERL Cooperative Microfilming
Project (NEH PS-20317) 250 copies "printed for the Anvil Press by Anne and Wayne Williams,
number 93."/ Printing Master B92-243./ Reproduction: Microfilm./ Atlanta, Ga. :/ SOLINET,/
1994./ 1 microfilm reel ; 35 mm./ (SOLINET/ASERL Cooperative Microfilming Project (NEH PS-20317) ;
SOL MN04942.09 KUK)
- "The burning of the waters." The Atlantic monthly (Oct. 1956) 198:4 55-60
Ms. note by Robert Frost, p. 55.
- On Troublesome creek. New York: Viking Press, 1941
Note(s): Printing Master 4797. Microfilm./ Atlanta, Ga. :/ SOLINET,/ 1994./ 1 microfilm reel;
35 mm./ (SOLINET/ASERL Cooperative Microfilming Project (NEH PS-20317) ;
SOL MN04729.02 AAA)
- On Troublesome creek. New York: The Viking press, 1941
- "The proud walkers." O. Henry memorial award prize stories. Garden City, N.Y.,
Doubleday 1941. p. 287-304.
Note(s): "From the Saturday evening post."
- River of earth. New York, The Viking Press, 1940
"A few episodes from this novel originally appeared as separate stories in the
Atlantic monthly and the Saturday evening post."/ "First published in February 1940."
- Bat flight. O. Henry memorial award prize stories. Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday 1939.
v.21 p. 31-48.
- Job's tears. O. Henry memorial award prize stories. Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday 1937.
v.19 p. 211-221.
- Hounds on the mountain. New York: Viking Press, 1937
"This first edition is limited to seven hundred fifty numbered copies of which seven hundred
are for sale. This is no. 240." Poems. Printing Master 4796./ Reproduction:
Microfilm./ Atlanta, Ga. : SOLINET, 1994. 1 microfilm reel ; 35 mm.
(SOLINET/ASERL Cooperative Microfilming Project (NEH PS-20317) ; SOL MN04728.06 AAA)
- Letter and three poems. 1935
Holographs and typewritten./ Title supplied by cataloger.
- James Still collection, Morehead State University. 1929-
198 linear ft. Books, manuscripts, photographs, and memorabilia collected by Mr. Still
during his long and distinguished literary career. Books written by Mr. Still are displayed
alongside autographed copies of works presented to him by Katherine Anne Porter,
Carson McCullers, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, and several other of his associates. Includes
typescripts of his short stories and poems, and hand-written correspondence and notebooks
of his field work as a Knott County social worker in the 1930's. Photographs of his family
and friends, his military service in North Africa, and his travels throughout the world
complement the written records. Other items in the collection include two Jethro Amburgey
dulcimers, a wall hanging presented to the library on the occasion of the
fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Mr. Still's novel River of Earth, souvenirs of
his travels, and dozens of plaques, certificates, and other awards which attest to his
enormous and continuing contribution to literature and to the Appalachian region.
Bio/History: Novelist, poet, educator, and librarian.
General Info: Reproduction, including photocopying, prohibited without Still's permission.
Organization: Organized into the following series: Correspondence; Photos; Memorabilia;
Manuscripts; Books. Preferred citation: James Still Collection, Morehead State University.
- Dean Cadle papers, 1919-1986. Cadle, Dean, 1920- ; Still, James,; 1906- ;
River of Earth.; Farr, Sidney Saylor,; 1932- ; Creason, Joe,; 1919-1974. ;
Kohler, Dayton,; 1907-1972. ; Stewart, Albert. ; Cadle,
Dean,; 1920- ; Dance By the Sea.; Cadle, Dean,; 1920- ; Deep Furrow. 1919-1986
Archival Material 11 boxes. Many of the stories, essays and poems of Dean Cadle are present in this
collection as well as reviews written by Cadle and critical papers on the works of James Still.
Included in the materials are manuscripts by Dean Cadle such as "Dance By the Sea" and "Deep
Furrow", and short stories by James Still that were published in national magazines such as
THE ATLANTIC, BETTER HOMES, and the YALE REVIEW. The paste-up and publisher's drafts of
RIVER OF EARTH are present as well as critical papers on Still by other authors including
Sidney Saylor Farr, Joe Creason, Dayton Kohler and Albert Stewart. Works about James Still
include the final draft of "Man on Troublesome", a collection of essays edited and compiled
by Dean Cadle (as of 1987 it has not been published); and other critical works collected by
Cadle. Also present are articles, interviews and reviews as well as biographical information,
newspaper clippings and correspondence. Miscellaneous materials
include programs of workshops, festivals and conferences, promotional materials and
memorabilia. In addition to the materials described herein, many of Cadle's photographs
consisting mainly of shots of James Still and his home are housed in the Photographic Archives
(PA87M46). The photographic collection also includes shots of Jesse Stuart, Rebecca Caudill
and Harriette Arnow. Several audio tapes of recorded readings by James Still are located in
the Department's Appalachian Tape Collection. Bio/History: Writer, photographer, librarian.
Organization: Organized into four subgroups: Works by Cadle, Works by James Still, Works about
James Still and Related Materials. Arranged by material type and
alphabetically or chronologically thereunder.