Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Foreword

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pp. ix-xii

In her preface to this volume, L. Elisabeth Beattie speaks of the "raw reality" of spoken conversation. The verbal exchange, she notes, is rarely as grammatical as the written message, but neither is it as guarded. Clearly, that is a trade worth making, particularly when the purpose of a...

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Preface

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pp. xiii-xvi

Between 1990 and 1993, as director of the Kentucky Writers' Oral History Project, I conducted fifty interviews for the Archives and Oral History Program of the University of Kentucky. In 1996, the University Press of Kentucky published...

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Sallie Bingham

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pp. 2-19

My name is Sallie Bingham, and I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, on January 22, 1937. My father's name was Barry Bingham and my mother's name is Mary Caperton Bingham. My father was a journalist by profession, and my mother was a housewife. Mother was also very active in...

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Joy Bale Boone

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pp. 20-37

I was born Sylvia Joy Field and then, when I married Garnett Bale, I became Joy Field Bale. When I married George Boone, I became Joy Bale Boone. It's difficult for a woman, you know...

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Thomas D. Clark

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pp. 38-59

My name is Thomas D. Clark. I was born on July the 14th, 1903, in Louisville, Mississippi, same as Louisville, Kentucky. My father's name was John Clark. And my mother's name was Sallie Bennett Clark. My father was born in 1876 and my mother in 1881, both of them just after...

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John Egerton

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pp. 60-77

I am John Walden Egerton, and I was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on June the 14th, 1935. My father's name was Graham Egerton. He was a traveling salesman, sort of a Willy Loman character, Tennessee born, lived most of his life in the South. My mother's name was Rebecca White Egerton. She was from...

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Sarah Gorham

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pp. 78-97

My legal name is Sarah Gorham Skinner. My professional name is Sarah Gorham. I was born March 30, 1954, in Santa Monica, California. My mother's full name was Kathryn Aring Gorham before she got divorced, and then she remarried and her new husband's name was...

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Lynwood Montell

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pp. 98-115

My name is William Lynwood Montell, and I was born on February 18, 1931, in Monroe County, Kentucky, in the Rockbridge Community. My mother was Nellie Hazel Chapman Montell, and she was born on the same homeplace that I was. My father was William Guy Montell. He was born all of...

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Maureen Morehead

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pp. 116-129

My name is Maureen Podshadley Morehead, and I was born on March 28, 1951, in St. Louis, Missouri. My father is Dr. Arlon Podshadley. He is a professor at the University of Louisville. He teaches in the Dental...

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John Ed Pearce

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pp. 130-153

My name is John Edward Pearce. It was John Edward Pearce, Jr., but when my father died I dropped the Jr. I never liked to be Jr. I was born in Norton, Virginia, in 1919, September the 25th. My father published and edited smalltown newspapers. My mother's name was...

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Amelia Blossom Pegram

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pp. 154-169

Amelia Blossom Pegram, that's my maiden name, the name I use for writing, but some people also know me as Amelia Blossom House. I have my early works published under House, but anything new that's been published is under...

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Karen Robards

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pp. 170-189

My name is Karen Ann Johnson Robards. I was born on August 24, 1954, in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. My mother is Sally Ann Skaggs Johnson, and my father is Walter Lee Johnson. My father is an orthodontist. He went to University of Louisville Dental School and to...

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Jeffrey Skinner

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pp. 190-209

I am Jeffrey Thomas Skinner, and I was born December 8th, 1949, in Buffalo, New York. My father's full name is Thomas Franklin Skinner. He was an FBI agent in the fifties and, after that, he worked for a time as an investigator...

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Frederick Smock

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pp. 210-225

My name is Frederick Smock and I was born in Louisville in 1954. My mother's maiden name was Betty Bourne. Her father was a drugstore owner here in town, and she went to U of L [University of Louisville] and was an art major and was an artist all of her life. She got a master's in social work and did...

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Frank Steele

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pp. 226-243

I am Frank Pettus Steele, Jr., and I was born in 1935 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. My father's name was Frank Steele, Sr. He was a hardware salesman in Tuscaloosa. And my mother was Zeila Stovall, originally, and she was a piano teacher in Tuscaloosa. I don't have any brothers or sisters. My grandfather on my...

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Martha Bennett Stiles

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pp. 244-261

Martha Bennett Wells Stiles is my name, and I was born March 30, 1933, in Santiago, San Juan, which is in the Philippine Islands. My mother was Jane McClintock Bennett Wells, and my father was Forrest Hampton Wells. He was a naval officer until he retired, when he got interested in teaching people...

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Richard Taylor

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pp. 262-277

My name is Richard Lawrence Taylor. I was born in Washington, D.C., September 17th, 1941. My father, Joe Howard Taylor, who is deceased, was born in 1905 and died in 1974. He was a native of Kentucky. He was a practicing lawyer until his death. My mother is still...

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Michael Williams

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pp. 278-293

I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, on December 17th of 1952. Carl Leon Williams is my father, and he was a high school physics and math teacher, and then he became a principal at Fort Knox Independent Schools and ended his...

Index

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pp. 294-310