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Gurney Norman

Gurney Norman is a novelist and short story writer whose works include Divine Right’s Trip, Kinfolks: The Wilgus Stories, and Allegiance. A former Kentucky poet laureate, he is professor of English at the University of Kentucky. He received a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Creative Writing at Stanford University. A native of eastern Kentucky and southwest Virginia, he is a widely known Appalachian literary and cultural advocate. He is coeditor of Back Talk from Appalachia: Confronting Stereotypes, and An American Vein: Critical Readings in Appalachian Literature.

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Cover of 'Allegiance'

Allegiance
Stories
By Gurney Norman

Part autobiography and part Appalachian folktale, Allegiance follows one man’s transformation from a working-class childhood in the mountains of eastern Kentucky and southwestern Virginia to his later struggle with alcoholism and depression. A collection of nonfiction essays rounds out the book.

Cover of 'Ancient Creek'

Ancient Creek
A Folktale
By Gurney Norman

In this new edition of Gurney Norman’s classic tale, the young hero, Jack, wages a revolutionary battle against an evil ruler to free his people, “the folks,” and their lands—the Hill Domain and magical Ancient Creek.

Cover of 'An American Vein'

An American Vein
Critical Readings in Appalachian Literature
Edited by Danny L. Miller, Sharon Hatfield, and Gurney Norman

An American Vein is an anthology of literary criticism of Appalachian novelists, poets, and playwrights. The book reprises critical writing of influential authors such as Joyce Carol Oates, Cratis Williams, and Jim Wayne Miller. It introduces new writing by Rodger Cunningham, Elizabeth Engelhardt, and others.

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