James Still’s River of Earth is a portrait of one of Kentucky’s most distinguished and honored writers as well as an introduction to his work; it also gives students insight into the history and culture of the Appalachian region from which that work springs. Still’s publishing career spanned 70 years and includes novels such as River of Earth, story collections such as Pattern of a Man, children’s books, collections of mountain lore and sayings, poetry collections such as The Wolfpen Poems and The Wolfpen Notebooks: A Record of Appalachian Life.
Through interviews with Still and people who knew him—including scholars, friends, and relatives—this KET production highlights the uniqueness of the man and the importance of his vision. The program also includes archival photographs; reminiscences; and readings from Still’s poetry, stories, and novels.
Grade Levels: 7-12
Resource Type: Video, PDF