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A Hard Journey The Life of Don West

by James J. Lorence

A Hard Journey The Life of Don West Synopsis

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A Hard Journey The Life of Don West Press Reviews

Lorence demonstrates the connection between Don West's activism and his art - and the grounding of both in his lifelong commitment to celebrate and liberate the people of Appalachia. The result is an engaging narrative . . . that provides a window into multiple dimensions of social reform in the twentieth-century South. --Journal of Southern History A Hard Journey, well written and exhaustively researched, does more than provide readers with a lens into the life of a dynamic writer and activist. Crucially, it illustrates the convergence of American political radicalism, literature, and working-class life, with West's poetry serving as a vehicle for social change. --North Carolina Historical Review In this extremely thorough biography, Lorence paints an unusual picture of Appalachian Don West. Expanding the view of West beyond that of poet, Lorence discusses and offers research that demonstrates West's work as educator, activist, and minister. . . . Recommended. --Choice Compelling to read and essential to students of social and cultural movements in modern American history. --West Virginia History

Book Information

ISBN: 9780252077333
Publication date: 29th January 2010
Author: James J. Lorence
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 344 pages
Categories: Biography: literary,

About James J. Lorence

James J. Lorence is a professor emeritus of the University of Wisconsin, Marathon County. His works include the award-winning The Suppression of Salt of the Earth: How Hollywood, Big Labor, and Politicians Blacklisted a Film in Cold War America.

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