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Ancient Creek
A Folktale

By Gurney Norman

A classic tale of heroism and revolution by celebrated Kentucky writer Gurney Norman.

First published in 1976, Gurney Norman’s classic folktale tells the story of resistance among “the folks” in a mythical “hill domain” ruled by an absurd but evil king. Told in mock-heroic language, the story employs satire, comic irony, regional speech, and “the voice of a storyteller,” as a fugitive hero, Jack, leads the folks in revolt against an oppressive monarchy.

Featuring cover art by eastern Kentucky artist Pam Oldfield Meade, this new edition of Ancient Creek includes four essays about the story by scholar Annalucia Accardo, writer Dee Davis, professor Kevin I. Eyster, and the late poet and scholar Jim Wayne Miller.

Published in 2012 by Old Cove Press

Gurney Norman is a novelist and short story writer whose works include Kinfolks: The Wilgus Stories and Divine Right’s Trip. He is the director of the creative writing program at the University of Kentucky and coeditor of Back Talk from Appalachia: Confronting Stereotypes.   More info →

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Retail price: $18.00, T.
Release date: August 2020
136 pages · 5¾ × 8 in.
Rights:  World

Release date: August 2020
136 pages
Rights:  World


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