Aunt Arie

A Foxfire Portrait

Edited by Linda Garland Page, Eliot Wigginton

230 pp., 6 x 9, 115 photos

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-4377-2
    Published: July 1992
  • E-book PDF ISBN: 979-8-8908-8590-6
    Published: November 2000
  • E-book EPUB ISBN: 978-0-8078-6656-6
    Published: November 2000

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Awards & distinctions

1984 Christopher Award

Of all the people documented by the Foxfire students since 1966, none has been more appealing to readers than Arie Carpenter. For all those who have read and cherished the Foxfire books, here is a loving portrait of a fondly remembered friend. This book is not just about Aunt Arie; it is Aunt Arie. In her own words, she discusses everything from planting, harvesting, and cooking to her thoughts about religion and her feelings about living alone. Also included are testimonials from many who knew her and a wealth of photographs.

About the Authors

Linda Garland Page, one of the original Foxfire students, was director of the Foxfire Press when it initially published Aunt Arie in cooperation with E. P. Dutton.
For more information about Linda Garland Page, visit the Author Page.

Eliot Wigginton founded the Foxfire program.
For more information about Eliot Wigginton, visit the Author Page.


"[An] appealing record of a simple but fiercely independent life lived in Southern Appalachia." β€”Washington Post Book World

"The picture we get is of an unworldly woman who nonetheless had world enough and time to live wisely and generously." β€”New York Times Book Review

"Arie Carpenter is a favorite of Foxfire readers, and here is an entire book of her conversations, transcribed from tapes recorded at her home. Although Aunt Arie died in 1978, at the age of 92, her indomitable spirit is captured forever here in the moving text and pictures." β€”Atlanta Journal-Constitution