University of North Carolina at Asheville
D. Hiden Ramsey Library
Special Collections

Harriette Arnow
(1908-1996)

Southern Appalachian Writers Collection

M2005.05.01-04


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Title Harriette Arnow (1908-1986)
Creator Southern Highlands Research Center
Alt. Creator D. H. Ramsey Library
Identifier http://toto.lib.unca.edu/findingaids/mss/southern_appalachian_writers/arnow_harriette/arnow_harriette.htm
Subject
 Keyword
Harriette Arnow ; Southern Appalachian Writers ; Appalachia ;
 
Subject
LCSH
Arnow, Harriette, 1908 - 1986
American literature -- Appalachian Region, Southern -- History and criticism
American literature -- Appalachian Mountains -- History and criticism
Appalachians (People) in literature
Appalachian Region, Southern -- Description and travel
Cumberland River Valley (Ky. and Tenn.) -- Social life and customs -- Fiction
Frontier and pioneer life -- Cumberland River Valley (Ky. & Tenn.)
Authors, American -- 20th century -- Biography
Burnside (Ky.) -- History
United States -- Social life and customs -- Fiction
Kentucky -- Social life and customs -- Fiction
Michigan -- Social life and customs -- Fiction
Ohio -- Social life and customs -- Fiction
Description The collection contains letters of correspondence, ephemera, photographs, book covers, and anecdotal information on the writer. In some instances, tapes of the author reading from their work is included.

The collection was gathered as part of an exhibition of Southern Appalachian Writers held at UNCA in the early 1980's and sponsored by D. H. Ramsey Library and the Southern Highlands Research Center.

Publisher D. H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville 28804
Contributor Annette Hatley
Date 2005-08-23
Type Collection ; text ; photographs ; audio
Format 1 folder ; audio ; text ; image   
Source M2005.05.1-8
Language English
Relation Southern Appalachian Writers in "A Sense of Place, "The Heritage of Western North Carolina, D. H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville 
Coverage 1900's - present ; Kentucky ; Ohio ; Michigan ;
Rights Any display, publication, or public use must credit the D. H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville. Copyright retained by the creators of certain items in the collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.  Some materials in collections are electronic rights only. Please ask for assistance from Special Collections staff.
Donor 240
Acquisition  2004-03-
Citation Harriette Arnow in Southern Appalachian Writers Collection, D. H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville 28804
Processed by Special Collections staff,  2005
Last update 2008-07-22
Statement on Writing "Writing fiction is for me an attempt to get into words the imaginary sights, sounds, and thoughts of characters in my mind. I do not always succeed in the first or tenth try, though I sometimes spend hours over one short paragraph or sentence when the right word, the only word that will serve, eludes me.  Other times my writing seems to be doing itself.  Yet, too often, when reading the first typed work sheet, I find changes that should be made.

"I know of writers who have no need to change a first version. They write rapidly and well. Alas, this slow worker does snot belong with such writers. Still, in spite of the agony of word hunting and rewriting, I enjoy the work and look forward to my daily stint.

"I am unable to make any generalizations on writing done by others."

Biography A native Kentuckian, Harriette Arnow (ne Simpson) was born 7 July 1908 in Wayne County.  She was educated at Berea College (1924-1926), and the University of Louisville, where she received her BS in 1931.  Upon leaving school, Arnow became a teacher, a profession she later quit to devote herself to writing.  In 1939, she married a newspaperman, Harold B. Arnow.  The couple moved to Michigan, where they raised two children.  Arnow received wide acclaim for her writing, both fiction and nonfiction. 
She died in 1986, aged 77, at her farm in Washtenaw County, Michigan. Michigan State University Press brought out her previously unpublished second novel, Between the Flowers, in 1999, and The Collected Short Stories of Harriette Simpson Arnow in 2005.
Bibliography BOOKS BY

1936

Mountain Path.  New York: Covici-Friede, 1936.

1949

Hunter's Horn.  New York: Macmillan, 1949.

1954

The Dollmaker.  New York: Macmillan, 1954.

1960

Seedtime on the Cumberland.  New York: Macmillan, 1960.

1963

Flowering of the Cumberland.  New York:  Macmillan, 1963.

1968

Some Musings on the Nature of History.  Ann Arbor, MI: Historical Society of Michigan, 1968.

1970

The Weedkiller's Daughter.  New York: Knopf, 1970.

1974

The Kentucky Trace.   New York: Knopf, 1974.

1978

Old Burnside.  Lexington, KY: UP of Kentucky, 1978.

1999

Between the Flowers.  Frederic Joseph Svoboda, ed.  East Lansing, MI: Michigan State UP, 1999.

2005

The Collected Short Stories of Harriette Simpson Arnow.  Sandra L. Ballard & Haeja K. Chung, eds.  East Lansing, MI: Michigan State UP, 2005.

  BOOKS ABOUT

1974

Harriette Arnow.  Wilton Eckley.  New York: Twayne, 1974.
  ARTICLES AND REVIEWS ABOUT

1975

"A Sense of Place: One Aspect of Harriette Arnow's The Dollmaker."  Adams, Pauline.  Midwestern Miscellany v. 3, 1-5.

1977

"Harriette Arnow's Mountain Women."  Thorn, Arline R.  Bulletin of the West Virginia Association of College English Teachers v. 4, #1, 1-9.

1978

"Harriette Arnow's The Dollmaker: A Journey to Awareness."  Lee, Dorothy H. Critique v. 20, #2, 92-98.

1979

"A Portrait of the Artist as Mother: Harriette Arnow and The Dollmaker."  Hobbs, Glenda.  Georgia Review v. 33, 851-866.

1981

"Silence and Captivity in Babylon: Harriette Arnow's The Dollmaker."  Malpezzi, Frances M.  Southern Studies v. 20, #1 (Spring), 84-90.

1982

"The Terra Firma of Harriette Arnow's Fiction."  Adams, Pauline.  Midwestern Miscellany v. 10, 23-37.

"Harriette Arnow and the 1980's."  Wagner, Linda W.  Great Lakes Review  v. 8, #1 (Spring), 1-10.

"A MELUS Interview: Harriette Arnow."  Miller, Danny.  MELUS v. 9, #2 (Summer), 83-97.

1983

"The Multi-Ethnic Community of Women in Harriette Arnow's The Dollmaker."  Goodman, Charlotte.  MELUS v. 10, #4 (Winter), 49-54.

"Plantlore in the Early Fiction of Harriette Arnow."  Malpezzi, Frances M.  NMAL: Notes on Modern American Literature v. 7, #3 (Winter), Item 20.

1984

"Hunter's Horn: Harriette Arnow's Subversive Hunting Tale."  Walsh, Kathleen.  Southern Literary Journal v. 17, #1 (Fall), 54-67.

1988

"The City in Harriette Arnow's The Dollmaker."  Strickland, Carol Colclough.  The Nassau Review v. 5, #4, 81-90.

1991

"The Demise of Mountain Life: Harriette Arnow's Analysis."  Turner, Martha Billips.  Journal of the Kentucky-Tennessee American Studies Association v. 8, 37-42.

"Agrarian Tragedy: Harriette Arnow's The Dollmaker."  Mooney, Steven.  Appalachian Journal v. 19, #1 (Fall), 34-42.

1992

"Cain and Abel in Harriette Arnow's The Dollmaker: A Comment on War." Devers, James.  Notes on Contemporary Literature v. 22, #3 (May) 4-5.

1994

"Criticism, a Mirror of Social Change: Harriette Arnow and Her Critics." Krasne, Betty.  Journal of the Appalachian Studies Association v. 6, 113-129.

1995

"For a Living Dog is Better Than a Dead Lion:  Harriette Arnow as Religious Writer."  Miller, Danny L.  South Atlantic Review v. 60, #1 (Jan.), 29-42.

1997

"Beholden to No Man: Artistry and Community in Harriette Arnow's The Dollmaker."  Groover, Kristina K.  Kentucky Review v. 13, #3, 49-57.

1999

"The Commodity Culture and Other Historical Pressures in Harriette Arnow's The Dollmaker."  Barry, Michael.  Midamerica v. 26, 156-170.

2001

"Migration, Material Culture, and Identity in . . . Harriette Arnow's The Dollmaker."  Morgan, Stacy I.  College English v. 63, #6 (July), 712-740.

2002

"Nothing but a Hound Dog: The Pursuit of Manhood in Harriette Arnow's Hunter's Horn."  Robinson, Sherry.  Kentucky Philological Review v. 16, 61-66.

2004

"Perchance to Dream: Harriette Arnow's Between the Flowers."  Robinson, Sherry.  Kentucky Philological Review v. 18, 22-27.