by Harriette Arnow
Reporter Al Smith conducted this interview with Harriette Simpson Arnow in 1979 for the Murray State University television production Kentucky Profiles.
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- Segment 1
Open/Introduction (Start here to see the complete 28:54 video.)
- Segment 2
Arnow talks about a 4th-grade writing assignment.
- Segment 3
Smith asks Do you recall saying to yourself as a child, Im going to be a writer.? Arnow replies.
- Segment 4
Video roll-in shows Arnows hometown of Burnside, with Smith relating her childhood history.
- Segment 5
Arnow (voiceover) talks about her first job teaching and about listening to the speech of the mountain people around her.
- Segment 6
Smith (voiceover) talks about Arnows college history.
- Segment 7
Arnow talks about living, working, and writing in Cincinnati.
- Segment 8
Smith asks, When were you first published? Arnow replies.
- Segment 9
Smith (voiceover) gives background on the novel Mountain Path.
- Segment 10
Smith asks, How did your family react to this book? Arnow replies.
- Segment 11
Smith prompts Arnow to talk about her marriage: Well, you didnt fall in love with a moonshiner ... but ... with a newspaper man. Arnow responds.
- Segment 12
Smith asks, After you married, you moved to Cumberland National Forest to write. What was that like? Arnow replies.
- Segment 13
Smith (voiceover) gives background on Arnows life teaching in Cumberland, her move to Detroit, and, 13 years later, writing Hunters Horn.
- Segment 14
Smith asks about her characters having an opportunity for making choices. Arnow replies.
- Segment 15
Smith (voiceover) gives background on The Dollmaker.
- Segment 16
Arnow talks about Gertie in The Dollmaker.
- Segment 17
Smith asks, When did you decide that life didnt have any happy endings?
- Segment 18
Smith asks Arnow when she finds time for writing. Arnow replies.
- Segment 19
Smith asks about finding time to write and Arnow talks about writing and the role of housewife.
- Segment 20
Smith (voiceover) summarizes.
- Segment 21
In footage from a writing workshop, Arnow is seen talking about women writers in general.
- Segment 22
Smith asks about Arnows work in progress.
- Segment 23
Arnow chats with another workshop presenter/writing teacher.