The "Elephant" and the "Chicks": How Rural Appalachia's First Writer-in-Residence Came and Went

The "Elephant" and the "Chicks": How Rural Appalachia's First Writer-in-Residence Came and Went the "elephant" and the "chicks": how rural appalachia's first writer-in-residence came and went _ Elizabeth Lamont In September of 1926, a thick-necked man in an open-topped Dodge blew onto Lincoln Memorial University's East Tennessee mountain campus. He was thirty eight years old and carried with him a typewriter and wind-up Victrola. He was one of several new professors that President Robert O. Matthews hailed as capable of not only teaching an art but putting it into practice. His list of publications was long enough to suggest he might be of service to a struggling Appalachian college known to assure prospective donors that one of its goals was to foster mountain "Shakespeares." Never mind that Shakespeare was forced to leave school at the age of fourteen due to his father's financial distress, or that questions of whether such magic can be taught and, if so, by whom and how, have dogged creative writing classes since the University of Iowa's 1897 course in Verse Making. Just by naming him Chair of lmu's English Department, Matthews unwittingly had taken sides in a tense debate within the larger academy. He also gave him the title, Writer-in-Residence--only one year after Robert Frost became http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Appalachian Heritage University of North Carolina Press

The "Elephant" and the "Chicks": How Rural Appalachia's First Writer-in-Residence Came and Went

Appalachian Heritage, Volume 39 (3) – Aug 13, 2011

Loading next page...
 
/lp/university-of-north-carolina-press/the-elephant-and-the-chicks-how-rural-appalachia-s-first-writer-in-t3KCM3PZ0h
Publisher
University of North Carolina Press
Copyright
Copyright © University of North Carolina Press
ISSN
1940-5081
Publisher site
See Article on Publisher Site

Abstract

the "elephant" and the "chicks": how rural appalachia's first writer-in-residence came and went _ Elizabeth Lamont In September of 1926, a thick-necked man in an open-topped Dodge blew onto Lincoln Memorial University's East Tennessee mountain campus. He was thirty eight years old and carried with him a typewriter and wind-up Victrola. He was one of several new professors that President Robert O. Matthews hailed as capable of not only teaching an art but putting it into practice. His list of publications was long enough to suggest he might be of service to a struggling Appalachian college known to assure prospective donors that one of its goals was to foster mountain "Shakespeares." Never mind that Shakespeare was forced to leave school at the age of fourteen due to his father's financial distress, or that questions of whether such magic can be taught and, if so, by whom and how, have dogged creative writing classes since the University of Iowa's 1897 course in Verse Making. Just by naming him Chair of lmu's English Department, Matthews unwittingly had taken sides in a tense debate within the larger academy. He also gave him the title, Writer-in-Residence--only one year after Robert Frost became

Journal

Appalachian HeritageUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Aug 13, 2011

There are no references for this article.

You’re reading a free preview. Subscribe to read the entire article.


DeepDyve is your
personal research library

It’s your single place to instantly
discover and read the research
that matters to you.

Enjoy affordable access to
over 18 million articles from more than
15,000 peer-reviewed journals.

All for just $49/month

Explore the DeepDyve Library

Search

Query the DeepDyve database, plus search all of PubMed and Google Scholar seamlessly

Organize

Save any article or search result from DeepDyve, PubMed, and Google Scholar... all in one place.

Access

Get unlimited, online access to over 18 million full-text articles from more than 15,000 scientific journals.

Your journals are on DeepDyve

Read from thousands of the leading scholarly journals from SpringerNature, Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford University Press and more.

All the latest content is available, no embargo periods.

See the journals in your area

DeepDyve

Freelancer

DeepDyve

Pro

Price

FREE

$49/month
$360/year

Save searches from
Google Scholar,
PubMed

Create folders to
organize your research

Export folders, citations

Read DeepDyve articles

Abstract access only

Unlimited access to over
18 million full-text articles

Print

20 pages / month

PDF Discount

20% off