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Life in the Leatherwoods : Arkansas Classics - John Quincy Wolf

Life in the Leatherwoods

Arkansas Classics

By: John Quincy Wolf, John Quincy Wolf Snr, Gene Hyde (Editor, Introduction by), Blevins Brooks (Editor)

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Life in the Leatherwoods is one of the country's most delightful childhood memoirs, penned by an Ozark native with a keen, observant eye and a gift for narrative. John Quincy Wolf's relaxed style and colorful characters resemble those of another chronicler of nineteenth-century rural life, Laura Ingalls Wilder. Wolf's acerbic wit and lucid prose infuse the White River pioneers of his story with such life that the reader participates vicariously in their log rollings, house-raisings, spelling bees, hog killings, soap making, country dances, and camp meetings. Originally published by Memphis State University Press in 1974, this new edition includes additional writings of John Q. Wolf and a continuation of the autobiographical narrative after his 1887 move to Batesville. Wolf's writings are valuable resources for southern historians, folklorists, general readers, and scholars of Ozarkiana because they provide a rare glimpse into the social and family life of a largely misunderstood and stereotyped people—the independent hill farmers of the Arkansas Ozarks of the 1870s and 1880s. With Life in the Leatherwoods, Wolf bestows a benediction upon a society that existed vibrantly and humorously in his memory—one that has now forever disappeared from the American countryside.

Originally published by Memphis State University Press in 1974, this new edition includes additional writings of John Q. Wolf and a continuation of the autobiographical narrative after his 1887 move to Batesville. Wolf’s writings are valuable resources for southern historians, folklorists, general readers, and scholars of Ozarkiana because they provide a rare glimpse into the social and family life of a largely misunderstood and stereotyped people—the independent hill farmers of the Arkansas Ozarks of the 1870s and 1880s. With Life in the Leatherwoods, Wolf bestows a benediction upon a society that existed vibrantly and humorously in his memory—one that has now forever disappeared from the American countryside.

List of Illustrations
Introduction to the Arkansas Classics Edition
Introductionp. 3
Life in the Leatherwoodsp. 7
On the Banks of the White Riverp. 19
The Abundant Life in a Log Cabinp. 31
Fashions for Boys in the Leatherwoodsp. 53
Dreams and Charactersp. 73
Wild Life and Weather Lorep. 83
Medical Science in the Leatherwoodsp. 95
Social Lifep. 109
Big Doings in the Leatherwoodsp. 125
Steamboating on the Upper White in 1886p. 139
An Appraisalp. 161
Afterword: John Q. Wolf and His Papersp. 165
Additional "Leatherwoods" Writingsp. 175
"My Fifty Years in Batesville"p. 197
Indexp. 211
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9781557285942
ISBN-10: 1557285942
Series: Arkansas Classics
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st June 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.91 x 15.29  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.38
Edition Type: New edition