From A Place Called Solid - West Virginia and Its Writers

The front of the map is dedicated to the oral literature that came before as exemplified in the works of Ruth Ann Musick, West Virginia folktale scholar: The Telltale Lilac Bush and Other West Virginia Ghost Tales (1965); Green Hills of Magic, West Virginia Folk Tales from Europe (1970) and Coffin Hollow and Other Ghost Tales (1976).

The map highlights 35 authors from the 35th state, writing during the time period 1863-2003, plus a West Virginia site often associated with them or their work along with a literary distinction. These authors and their works offer samples of some of the most significant imaginative literature written by authors of the state. In the printed version of the map the book symbol (see below) identifies the 35 authors selected for the front of the map; an asterisk * is used to identify them on this website.

The reverse side of the map is dedicated to three literary collaborators, each an essential link in preserving and promoting the literary history of West Virginia: Shirley Young Campbell, author, editor, playwright, poet, and catalyst for the founding of West Virginia Writers, Inc.; Jim Comstock, author, editor, historian, journalist, and publisher of West Virginia Hillbilly, The West Virginia Heritage Encyclopedia, and more; and William Plumley, author, editor, educator, and poet.

In addition to the 35 authors selected for the front of the map, all listed on the reverse side further represent the findings of a statewide key-informant survey and other determining methods. The authors are also representative of those writing from 1863-2003 in six genre categories [children's/young adult literature, drama, fiction, memoir, poetry, and screenwriting]. In most cases, only one genre, title, and award are listed per author. However, most of the authors write in many genres and have numerous awards and honors.

The title phrase on the map is from Louise McNeill's memoir The Milkweed Ladies. Pittsburgh, PA: The University of Pittsburgh Press, 1985, p. 8.

On the reverse side the map's intent is summarized with a Pearl S. Buck quote, "...and there were generations of us there, all belonging together."
  - Pearl S. Buck from My Several Worlds. NY: John Day Company, 1954, p. 51.

     Phyllis Wilson Moore, Author

Book Symbol = the book symbol used on the printed map

Contact Info

The Frank and Jane Gabor
West Virginia Folklife Center

on the campus of Fairmont State University
1201 Locust Avenue
Fairmont, WV 26554
(304) 367-4403
wvfolklife@fairmontstate.edu


Dr. Judy P. Byers
Dr. Judy P. Byers
, Director Frank & Jane Gabor WV Folklife Center,
  Abelina Suarez Professor, Senior Level,
  English & Folklore Studies
Fairmont State University
(304) 367-4286
jbyers@fairmontstate.edu
 


 

FSUNow Stories

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Fairmont State University College of Liberal Arts honored its high achieving students during the fifth annual Academic Awards Ceremony at the end of the spring 2015 semester.

Dr. Deanna Shields, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts; Dr. Maria Rose, FSU President; and Bill Holmes of the Fairmont State Foundation Inc. presented greetings and congratulations to the students for their academic achievements.

Department of Behavioral Sciences

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

In celebration of Fairmont State University’s Sesquicentennial, the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center has created an exhibit titled “On a Hill by a Dream,” which features FSU history, traditions and lore.

The title for the exhibition was taken from a poem by Louise McNeill, West Virginia’s former Poet Laureate who taught history at Fairmont State. The following quote is from her “Chestnut Orchard” (“Paradox Hill: From Appalachia to Lunar Shore”):

“Back through the years beyond time and space,
On a hill—by a dream—we will find that place.”

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center at Fairmont State University will host “A Salute to Old-Time Music: Presenting Two Legendary Fiddlers in Concert” at 7 p.m. Friday, May 8.

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