T A L E S  O F  T H E  P L U M  G R O V E  H I L L S
E. P. Dutton & Co. New York City, New York, 1946. 256 pp.
  Tales of the Plum Grove Hills  
  Tales of the Plum Grove Hills was Jesse Stuartís third book of short stories to be published. The book has twenty short stories, first published between 1938 and 1945, from such prominent magazines as Harper’s, Commonweal,  Atlantic Monthly, and less well-known such as ones as Story Magazine and Household. The dust jack entices the readers with tales “about death and funeral stories, religious stories, political stories, and boy stories, all packed with Kentucky characters of all sorts and sizes,” all told with Stuart’s “sure knowledge of the folklore and speech of the Kentucky Hills.”

Henry Lee Shattuck, a Boston lawyer, politician, and philanthropist, was a close friend of Jesse Stuart. Shattuck became acquainted with Stuart when he agreed to sponsor the further education  of some deserving students that had been recommended by the Kentucky author/poet. The inscription shows that Shattuck visited the Stuarts’ in 1946 and received the autographed book as a memento of that occasion.


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