- Gurney Norman
Gurney Norman was born in
Grundy, Virginiain 1937. He grew up in the Appalachian Mountainsof eastern Kentuckyand southwest Virginialiving with a variety of family in several towns, but primarily in Allais, Kentucky. While a sophomore at Stuart Robinson Settlement Schoolin Letcher County, Kentucky, his older brother was killed in an automobile accident, which deeply affected his life. Norman was graduated from the University of Kentuckywith a B.A. in journalism. In 1960, he received a Stegner Fellowshipat Stanford University. After Stanford, he spent two years in the U.S. Army. Norman returned to eastern Kentucky in 1963 after completing " Divine Right's Trip" and became a writer for the "Hazard Herald" until 1965, when he returned to California. Norman was one of the founders of the Briarpatch Networkin 1974, with Richard Raymond and Michael Phillips. In 1980, he became writer-in-residence at the University of Kentucky. He lives in Kentucky.
Divine Right's Trip" follows a group of hippiestoners who leave Californiafor eastern Kentucky, where they settle on a farm raising rabbits. The novel was originally serialized in "The Last Whole Earth Catalog".
* 1987 - "Time on the River" - Travelogue along the
* 1989 - "From This Valley" - Travelogue along the
Big Sandy River.
* 1991 - "Wilderness Road" - Travelogue of the trail through
* 2000 - "The Wilgus Stories" - Made for television.
*1980 - "Secrets of a Willing Wife"
* "Book One From Crazy Quilt: A Novel in Progress" (Monterey, KY: Larkspur Press), 1990.
* "Divine Right's Trip: A Folk-Tale" (New York:
Dial Press), 1972. ISBN 0-917788-42-7
* "Kinfolks: The Wilgus Stories" (Frankfort, KY: Gnomon Press), 1977. ISBN 0-917788-07-9Nonfiction
* "An American Vein: Critical Readings in Appalachian Literature" with Danny Miller and Sharon Hatfield (Athens, OH: Ohio University Press), 2005. ISBN 0-8214-1589-1
* "Confronting Appalachian Stereotypes: Back Talk from an American Region" with Dwight B. Billings and Katherine Ledford (Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky), 1999. ISBN 0-8131-2099-3
* Holbrook, Chris. "Gurney Norman Remembers His 'Kinfolks'" "Lexington Herald-Leader", April 26, 1992.
* Ward, William S. "A Literary History of Kentucky" (Knoxville: The University of Tennessee Press), 1988. ISBN 0-87049-578-X
* [http://www.uky.edu/AS/English/faculty/gun.html Faculty page from the University of Kentucky]
* [http://athena.english.vt.edu/~appalach/writersM/norman.html Gurney Norman] , by Rhonda Stricklett
* [http://www.appalachianbooks.com/Authors/Gurney%20Norman.htm Gurney Norman biography] , from Appalachian Books
* [http://www.ket.org/livingbywords/authors/norman_interview1.htm Gurney Norman interview]
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