302 pp., 7 x 10, 128 photos
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-4328-4
Published: September 1991
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-2077-0
Published: March 2014
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The early reviews of Cabins in the Laurel were overwhelmingly positive, but the mountain people -- Sheppard's friends and subjects -- initially felt that she had portrayed them as too old-fashioned, even backward. As novelist John Ehle shows in his foreword, though, fifty years have made a huge difference, and the people of the Toe River Valley have been among its most affectionate readers.
This new large-format edition, which makes use of many of Wootten's original negatives, will introduce Sheppard's words and Wootten's photography to a whole new generation of readers -- in the Valley and beyond.
About the Author
Muriel Earley Sheppard (1898-1951) was born in Andover, New York. She is also the author of Cloud by Day: A Story of Coal and Coke and People
For more information about Muriel Earley Sheppard, visit the Author Page.
"A treasure of insight into selected aspects of mountain life in the early 20th century."--Choice
"This work is an important contribution on Appalachian culture, and this new edition is very fine indeed."--Southern Folklore
"A thoroughly likable, instructive and entertaining book."--New York Times Book Review
"The most friendly, easily read, vigorous, zestful portrait of Appalachians we have from the past."--John Ehle, from the Foreword