Silas House: Exploring an Appalachian Writer's Work (Hardcover)

Silas House: Exploring an Appalachian Writer's Work By Sylvia Bailey Shurbutt (Editor), Denise Giardina (Foreword by) Cover Image

Silas House: Exploring an Appalachian Writer's Work (Hardcover)

By Sylvia Bailey Shurbutt (Editor), Denise Giardina (Foreword by)


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Bestselling author, journalist, playwright, and activist Silas House has focused nearly all of his work on Appalachia. His acclaimed and diverse body of work includes the novels Clay's Quilt, A Parchment of Leaves, The Coal Tattoo, Eli the Good, and Southernmost. Well known for its lyrical style, diverse and sympathetic characters, and political engagement, House's work is overdue for deeper critical study.

In this groundbreaking book, editor and coauthor Sylvia Bailey Shurbutt brings together established and rising scholars to discuss House and his writings through a critical lens. Various chapters address different aspects of House's fiction and nonfiction, including the ways in which he deconstructs regional stereotypes, how he explores issues of diversity, his environmental activism, and his approach to LGBTQ issues. The collection begins with a foreword by Denise Giardina and concludes with a chapter by celebrated poet Maurice Manning exploring the lyricism that distinguishes House's work.

Featuring an interview with House that further illuminates his philosophy and art, this timely volume offers an important critical appraisal of his oeuvre to date and illustrates why he is one of the most significant voices in Appalachian and American literature today.

Sylvia Bailey Shurbutt is the director of the Shepherd University Center for Appalachian Studies and Communities. She currently serves as the Appalachian Heritage WIR Project Director at Shepherd University and as the editor of the Anthology of Appalachian Writers. She lives in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.
Product Details ISBN: 9780813181127
ISBN-10: 0813181127
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Publication Date: June 30th, 2021
Pages: 208
Language: English