Writers & Mountains

"Scenic Grandfather Mountain, on the Blue Ridge Parkway, N.C., No. 768",

Prepared to accompany an
exhibit and panel discussion
& Mountains"
January 8, 2008 - February 1, 2008

D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections Gallery

Title Writers & Mountains
Alt. Title Writers and Mountains : A Western North Carolina Literary history
Alt. Title Writers and Mountains: A Geography of the Mind
Identifier http://toto.lib.unca.edu/findingaids/web_exhibits/writers_and_mountains/
Creator Helen Wykle
Subject Keyword Southern Appalachians ; writers ; mountains ; Appalachians ;  mountaineers ; Charles Lanman ; David Hunter Strother (Porte Crayon) ; Introduction : scenery ;  markets ; Kevin E. O'Donnell ; Harry Fenn ;  French Broad River ; Constance Fenimore Woolson ; Black Mountain ;  Rebecca Harding Davis ; Charles Dudley Warner ; William Wallace Harney ; Louise Coffin Jones ; W.E.B. Du Bois ; Jehu Lewis ; George Dimmock ; Great Smoky Mountains ; Olive Tilford Dargan ; Christian Reid ; postmodernism ; post-structuralism ; constructivism ; colonialism ; Wilbur Zeigler ; Ben Grosscup ; Ray Bradbury ; Charles Frazier ;  Charles Dudley Warner ; Jonathan Williams ; Thomas Lanier Clingman ; Francis Asbury ; Maria Louisa Pool ;
Subject LCSH Appalachian Region, Southern -- Description and travel
American literature -- Appalachian Region,
Southern -- History and criticism
Appalachians (People) in literature
American literature -- Appalachian Mountains -- History and criticism
North Carolina -- Literary collections
Southern States -- Literary collections
Mountain life -- Appalachian Region
Appalachian Region, Southern -- Pictorial works
Appalachian Region, Southern -- Description and travel
Art -- Appalachian Region, Southern
Description It is dangerous to put labels on anything in the mountains. This collection of web pages, however, will attempt to provide the user with material that often labels the literary products coming from authors who wrote in or about western North Carolina. This material is prepared to supplement research on writers as they have experienced the geography, history, and literature of the western area of the state and have written both fiction and non-fiction. It is not intended to be comprehensive in scope, but will evolve as new material is located and determined to be of value to those interested in both mountains and writers from the western North Carolina region.   
Publisher Special Collections, D.H. Ramsey Library, University of North Carolina at Asheville 28804
Contributors Tommy Hays ; Rob Neufeld ; Emoke B'racz ; James Clark ; Helen Wykle  (Panelists)
Date Date digital: 2007-12-29
Type Collection ; Text ; Images ;
Format Digital exhibit
Source D. H. Ramsey Library Special Collections - Multiple collections,
Language English
Relation Is related to: Southern Appalachian Writers Collection, D.H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, UNC Asheville ; John Lang. Appalachia and Beyond: Conversations with Writers from the Mountain South (2006) ; Kevin E. O'Donnell, ed. and introd. Helen Hollingsworth (ed), Seekers & Scenery: Travel Writing From Southern Appalachia, 1840-1900, (2004) ; Sidney Saylor Farr. My Appalachia: A Memoir, (2007) ; Sandra Ballard and Patricia L. Hudson. Listen Here: Women Writing In Appalachia, (2004) ; John Inscoe. The Heart of Confederate Appalachia: Western North Carolina in the Civil War, (2000) ;  Suzanne E. Tallichet. Daughters of the Mountain: Women Coal Miners in Central Appalachia (Rural Studies Series of the Rural Sociological Society), (2006) ; Mary Noailles Murfree and Marjorie Pryse. In the 'Stranger People's Country (Legacies of Nineteenth Century American Women Writers), (2005) ; Dwight Billings, Gurney Norman, and Katherine Ledford. Back Talk from Appalachia: Confronting Stereotypes, (2001) ; Dunaway, Wilma A. The First American Frontier: Transition to Capitalism in Southern Appalachia, 1700-1860, (1996) ; .
Coverage 1540 - present
Rights No restrictions;  Copyright: Retained by the authors of certain items in the collection, or their descendents, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Donor N/A
Acquisition N/A
Citation Writers and Mountains, Special Collections, D.H. Ramsey Library, University of North Carolina at Asheville
Processed by Helen Wykle 2007 ; 2008
Last update 2007-12-22 ; 2008-12-26
Context: On January 8, 2008, UNC Asheville Special Collections hosted a touring group from the NC ENCORE program at NC State University, led by Dr. James Clark. The program prepared for the group included an exhibit, a talk based on the exhibit material, and a panel discussion comprised of  Tommy Hays, an author who lives in Asheville, NC ;  Emoke B'racz, owner and manager of  Malaprops Bookstore, Asheville, NC ; Rob Neufeld, writer and contributor to the Asheville Citizen-Times newspaper and Director of the Together We Read and Big Read programs for western North Carolina ; James Clark, Professor Emeritus, NC State ; and Helen Wykle, Director and Associate Librarian, UNCA Special Collections .

"Writers and Mountains" is an extension of an exhibit created by D.H. Ramsey Library in 1982, that focused on Southern Appalachian Writers. This exhibit is both more narrow, as it seeks to address the specific mountain geography of western North Carolina, and is more broad, in the sense of its historic range, from Hernando de Soto to the present. Materials for the exhibit were derived from materials held by Special Collections, or from those included in public resources. It is our intent that this exhibit will introduce users to the breadth of materials available for research in the areas of human geography, history, and literature and related to western North Carolina. The narrow focus on mountains is intended to encourage comparative analysis of writing style and content centered on a particular theme and to explore the concepts of space and time within one geographic area. 

"Scoop down you beetling mountain, and raise that jutting cape,
A world is on your anvil, now smite it into shape.
What is this iron music whose sound is borne afar?
The hammers of the world-smiths are beating out a star."
Sam Walter Foss



  Series 01 Introduction
  Series 02 Exploration (from 1540)
  Series 03 Exploitation  (from  1800)
  Series 04 Railroads &Travel & Tourism (from 1876)
  Series 05 "A Strange Land and a Peculiar People" ( from1890)
  Series 06 Local Color Movement
  Series 07 Insiders and Outsiders, Fresh Air, Quare Women, & The Country Life Movement  (from1900)
  Series 08 This Land is Posted - Environmentalism
  Series 09 Mountains In Our Mind's Eye (from 1978)
  Series 10 Overview - Space - Geography, History, and Literature (2000 - )
  Series 11 Mountain Top Removal and Western North Carolina (1969-  )
  Series 12 Mountain Eating & Drinking
  Series 13 EXHIBIT - Full list of quotes
  Series 14 Illustration List
  See also Southern Appalachian Writers Exhibit Collection, 1982 -