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James Alexander Still, Jr
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Birth: Jul. 16, 1906
Chambers County
Alabama, USA
Death: Apr. 28, 2001
Knott County
Kentucky, USA

Born in Chambers County, Alabama, James Still attended Lincoln Memorial and Vanderbilt Universities in Tennessee. From the University of Illinois he earned a masters degree in library science. During WWII he served as a sergeant in the Army Air Force with a Texas outfit, the 8th Air Depot Group, being stationed in Egypt in 1944. Still moved to Knott County, Kentucky, where he lived most of his life in a log house along the Dead Mare Branch of Little Carr Creek, and taught at the Hindman Settlement School. He became an Appalachian poet, novelist and folklorist. His masterpiece, River of Earth, was published February 5, 1940. Still received the Southern Author's Award shortly after publication which he shared with Thomas Wolfe for his work You Can't Go Home Again. Still went on to publish a few collections of poetry and short stories, a juvenile and other novels and a compilation of Appalachian local color he collected over the years. The children's book "Jack and the Wonderbeans" was adapted for the stage by the Lexington Children's Theatre in 1992. He published in The Atlantic Monthly (first in 1936), Saturday Evening Post, Esquire, The Yale Review; won the O. Henry Memorial Prize in 1939, received two Guggenheim fellowships, honorary doctorates from two universities, was a regular commentator on National Public Radio's All Things Considered. He was friends with Robert Frost, Marjorie Rawlings ("The Yearling") and other famous people. He wrote a jacket blurb for a book with Dolly Parton. James Still was the first poet laureat of Kentucky. He died April 28, 2001 at the age of 94 and had a military burial on a hill overlooking the Hindman Settlement campus in Knott County, Kentucky. 
Family links: 
  James Alex Still (1872 - 1957)
  Lonie Lindsey Still (1875 - 1930)
  Carrie Lois Still Johnson (1893 - 1955)*
  Elloree Still Sharpe (1896 - 1985)*
  Nixie Pearl Still (1898 - 1901)*
  James Alexander Still (1906 - 2001)
  Alfred Theodore Still (1914 - 1965)*
  Donald Still (1932 - 1934)**
*Calculated relationship
Hindman Settlement School Grounds Cemetery
Knott County
Kentucky, USA
Created by: LSP
Record added: Jan 03, 2012
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James Alexander Still, Jr
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James Alexander Still, Jr
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