Category Archives: Authors & Artists

Larry Flynt

Larry Flynt was born in 1942 in Magoffin County, Kentucky, at one time the poorest county in the United States. He dropped out of school in the ninth grade and lied about his age to enlist in the army at …

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Mary Cassatt

Mary Cassatt was born in 1844 near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She traveled to Europe with her family and attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

She moved to Paris in 1874 and became famous as an impressionist. She worked in both …

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Ruth Fulton Benedict

Ruth Fulton Benedict was born in 1887, some say in New York City, and others in Chenango County, New York. Her father died when she was less than two years old and she lived at her grandparents farm near Norwich.…

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Thomas Clayton Wolfe

Thomas Wolfe was born in 1900 in Asheville, North Carolina the youngest of 8 children. His mother ran a 29 room boarding house called My Old Kentucky Home. His father ran a tombstone shop.

He enrolled at the University of …

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Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott is known as the author of Little Women and is not usually associated with the Appalachian Region. She was born in 1832 in Germantown Pennsylvania, the second of four daughters.

Her childhood was extremely poor but apparently …

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Pearl Sydenstricker Buck

Pearl Buck was born in 1892, the fourth of seven children, in Hillsboro, West Virginia to Southern Presbyterian Missionaries who were home on furlough.

At three months, she was taken to China by her parents. She grew up speaking both …

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William Cuthbert Faulkner

William Faulkner was born in 1897 in New Albany, Mississippi, one of four sons. His great grandfather was a Civil War Colonel and best selling author.

He moved with his parents as a child to Oxford, Mississippi, a town that …

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Rachel Louise Carson

Rachel Carson was born in Springdale, Pennsylvania in 1907. She attended the Pennsylvania College for Women, studied at the Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory, and received her MA in zoology at Johns Hopkins.

She had a 15 year career at …

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Roger Tory Peterson

Roger Tory Peterson was born in Jamestown, New York in 1908. He is known well known for his field guides to wildlife. He published his first guide to birds in 1934 and invented a system of field identification.

His guides …

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