F O R E T A S T E   O F   G L O R Y
E. P. Dutton & Co., New York City, New York, 1946. 256 pp.
  Foretaste of Glory  
  Foretaste of Glory was Jesse Stuart’s fourth novel. The story is settle in mythical, rural Blakesburg, Kentucky. After a fiery atmospheric display engulfs the town, its inhabitants take it as a heavenly portent. Raised on the fire-and-brimstone brand of Christianity, the people are convinced that they will either be snatched up to heaven or dispatched to hell. The story tells of their frantic rush to repent or about their fearful acceptance of their fate. The book is both comic and tragic in its depiction of the towns people as they prepare for judgment day (Taken from book’s dust jacket).

The book’s publication caused a furor among Jesse’s neighbors, some of whom felt the book demeaned Kentuckians. On one occasion he was accosted by three women in an Ashland department store, who pointed to him as “the man who destroyed Kentucky” (Richardson, Jesse, 324). He grew so tried of the petty harassment that he wrote a humorous piece about it, entitled “My Book Made My Town Mad,” which was published in Author and Journalist in 1951 (Copy in Jesse Stuart collection).

Henry Lee Shattuck was a prominent Boston lawyer who was a close friend of Jesse Stuart.


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