The Cratis Williams Chronicles

I Come to Boone

By Cratis Williams

The Cratis Williams Chronicles

200 pp., 6 x 9, 20 halftones, 11 figs., 2 maps, notes, bibl., index

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-4195-9
    Published: January 1999

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Following his retirement in 1976 from a distinguished career as a teacher and administrator at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, Cratis Williams wrote these memoirs of his life odyssey from a log cabin in eastern Kentucky to the upper echelons of American education.

About the Author

Cratis Williams (April 5, 1911-May 11, 1985) gained international fame for documenting and interpreting Appalachian culture and language. Born in eastern Kentucky, he spent most of his professional life as a teacher and administrator at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. His two-volume Ph.D. dissertation, “The Southern Mountaineer in Fact and Fiction,” examined how so many writers had disparaged the people of Appalachia with misleading and degrading stereotypes. Having himself experienced the humiliation resulting from such stereotyping, Williams worked tirelessly to put an end to it. With his storehouse of knowledge and his talent as a storyteller, he forcefully represented the struggle that so many people from the region have faced, that of coming to terms with what it means to be Appalachian.
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