Other literary forms
Harriette Arnow wrote two well-received social histories of the Cumberland River basin, an area that encompasses parts of Kentucky and Tennessee. Seedtime on the Cumberland (1960) focuses more on the lives and work of individual pioneers of the period from 1780 to 1803, while Flowering of the Cumberland (1963) concentrates on the social activities of the same time, relating to education, industry, professions, and entertainments. Arnow wrote Old Burnside: A Memoir of a Southern Girlhood (1977) as a reminiscence of her growing up in Burnside, Kentucky. Though not a prolific short-story writer, Arnow wrote several stories, which are gathered in The Collected Short Stories of Harriette Simpson Arnow (2005). Her most widely published short story is “The Washerwoman’s Day,” about the hypocrisy behind a charitable deed.