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Blue-grass and Rhododendron

Out-doors in Old Kentucky

John Fox

Publication Year: 1994

" ""Serving as tour guide, Fox invites his audience to go with him log rafting down the Kentucky River, bass fishing in the Cumberland Mountains, rabbit hunting in the Bluegrass, and chasing outlaws in the border country of Kentucky and Virginia. Along the route we meet Old South colonels and their ladies, lawless moonshiners and their shy daughters, bloodthirsty preachers, and educated young gentlemen visitors who explore the southern mountains for fun and profit. These sketches offer a delightful blend of macho adventure and sage observation by an erudite young writer who had lived in the two worlds that provide his subject matter-the elegant society of the Bluegrass aristocracy and the hardscrabble feuding clans of mountaineers.""

Published by: The University Press of Kentucky

Blue-grass and Rhododendron

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Copyright

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THE FIRST THREE CAPTAINS OF THE GUARD

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Contents

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pp. vii-

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Foreword by Wade Hall

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pp. ix-

By 1901, when John Fox, Jr., collected the twelve sketches and essays that make up Blue-grass and Rhododendron, he was already the acclaimed author of three novels and...

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The Southern Mountaineer

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pp. 1-24

IT was only a little while ago that the materialists declared that humanity was the product of heredity and environment; that history lies not near but in Nature; and...

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The Kentucky Mountaineer

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pp. 25-54

THE Kentucky mountaineers are practically valley people. There are the three forks of the Cumberland, the three forks of the Kentucky, and the tributaries...

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Down the Kentucky on a Raft

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pp. 55-76

THE heart of the Blue-grass in the middle of a sunny afternoon. An hour thence, through a rolling sweep of greening earth and woodland, through the low, poor hills...

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After Br'er Rabbit in the Blue-grass

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pp. 77-100

FOR little more than a month Jack Frost has been busy-that arch-imp of Satan who has got himself enshrined...

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Through the Bad Bend

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pp. 101-122

A WILDLY beautiful cleft through the Cumberland Range opens into the head of Powell's Valley, in Virginia, and forms the Gap. From this point a party...

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Fox-Hunting in Kentucky

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pp. 123-148

THE Judge parted his coat-tails to the big pinewood blaze, and, with one measuring, vertical glance, asked me two questions: " Do you hunt coons...

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To the Breaks of Sandy

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pp. 149-176

DOWN in the southwestern corner of Virginia, and just over the Kentucky line, are the Gap and "The Gap "-the one made by nature and the other by man. One...

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Br'er Coon in Ole Kentucky

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pp. 177-206

THE day was late in autumn. The sun was low, and the haze of Indian summer hung like mist on the horizon. Crows were rising from fat pickings in the blue-grass fields, and stretching away in long lines through a yellow...

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Civilizing the Cumberland

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pp. 207-236

HALF a century ago the Southern mountaineer was what he is now, in the main-truthful, honest, courageous, hospitable-and more: he was peaceable and...

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Man-Hunting in the Pound

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pp. 237-256

THE pale lad from the Pound was telling news to an eager circle of men just outside the open window of the little mountain-hotel, and, inside, I dropped knife and...

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The Red Fox of the Mountains

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pp. 257-270

THE Red Fox of the Mountains was going to be hanged. Being a preacher, as well as herbdoctor, revenue-officer, detective, crank, and assassin, he was going to preach his own funeral sermon on the Sunday...

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The Hanging of Talton Hall

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pp. 271-294

THROUGH mountain and valley, humanity had talked of nothing else for weeks, and before dawn of the fatal day, humanity started in converging lines from all other...


E-ISBN-13: 9780813127576
Print-ISBN-13: 9780813118420

Page Count: 324
Publication Year: 1994