Jesse Stuart Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Jesse Stuart Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Jesse Stuart’s works are a part of the rich literary heritage drawn from the people and traditions of the Appalachian Mountains. He is grouped with such writers as George Washington Harris, Mary Noailles Murfree, John Fox, Jr., Elizabeth Madox Roberts, James Still, Wilma Dykeman, and Harriette Arnow as creators (and sometimes debunkers) of one of America’s most lasting stereotypes, the southern “hillbilly.” Of these writers, Stuart surely stands at the head, for he has captured the imagination and sympathy of the reading public as has none of the rest.

There are several reasons for Stuart’s abiding popularity. His writings are, for the most part, easily accessible. His main interest is in telling a story or...

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