Jesse Stuart letters to Reverend David Ogletree

Jesse Stuart letters to Reverend David Ogletree

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Stuart, Jesse, 1906-1984
Title: Jesse Stuart letters to Reverend David Ogletree
Dates: 1977
Quantity: 0.1 Linear feet (1 item in portfolio)
Abstract:The collection consists of two letters, one dated June 21, 1977 and one letter undated but probably sometime shortly after the previous one, from Stuart (Greenup, Kentucky) to Reverend David Ogletree. Both letters concern works by Ogletree and include a discussion of Georgia author, Byron Herbert Reece.
Coll. Number: ms2292

Biographical/Historical Note

Jesse Hilton Stuart (1906-1984) was an award-winning writer born in W-Hollow near Greenup, Kentucky. He studied under Donald Davidson and Robert Penn Warren as a graduate student in English at Vanderbilt University. He made friendships with other writers there, including James Still and Don West. In addition to publishing both short stories and poems, Studart also enjoyed success as a writer of essays and novels. He wrote nine novels. He was also the author of eight books for young people and half a dozen autobiographical books. One such book, Thread That Runs So True (1949), which captures Stuart's experiences as student, teacher, administrator, and lecturer on education, was named the most important book of the year by the National Educational Association. Stuart suffered a heart attach in 1954 and a disabling stroke in 1978. In 1982 he suffered another stroke that left him comatose for two years until his death in Ironton, Ohio. After his first stroke, however, he had created the Jesse Stuart Foundation to serve as caretaker of his literary estate (1979) and in 1980 presented hi W-Hollow farm to the state of Kentucky to be operated in perpetuity as a nature preserve. In 1982 his home was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Jesse Hilton Stuart - National Biography Online (Retrieved March 10, 2009)

Rev. David Ogletree lived in St. Simons Island, Georgia. Rev.Ogletree performed a one-man Lincoln interpretation show in the Atlanta area for many years, where he brought the humor, warmth and wisdom of Abraham Lincoln to thousands of people. Ogletree has been a lifelong collector of Abraham Lincoln memorabilia and also a long-time admirer of Young Harris professor emeritus Bettie Sellers.

Byron Herbert Reece (1917-1958) was a poet and novelist born near Blairsville, Georgia. In 1935 he graduated from Blairsville High School and entered nearby Young Harris College, a small Methodist junior college. He soon has to drop out to help on the family farm. At night he read and wrote down lyrical passages that had come to him during his work that day. In 1935 Reece burned all the poems he had written, being unsure of their worth. But by the end of 1938 he had published thirty-one poems in poetry journals or national magazines. In 1938 Reece returned to Young Harris College on a work fellowship. This was the first time in his life that Reece was able to discuss writing with kindered spirits. He left Young Harris in 1940 without graduating because he refused to take the required courses in mathematics and French. In 1945 E. P. Dutton, upon the recommendaton of Jesse Stuart, published Reece's first volume of poetry, Ballad of the Bones, which garnered many favorable reviews. He was poet-in-residence at Young Harris College, UCLA and Emory. In 1954, Reece has to enter Battey Hospital, a state tuberculosis sanitorium in Rome, Georgia. In 1956 he was recovered physically enough to return to academia. In 1957 Reece returned to Young Harris College and was able to complete the academic year. He committed suicide at the college, probably because of his health problems and loneliness. Byron Herbert Reece - National Biography Online (Retrieved March 10, 2009)

Index Terms

Authors, American--Georgia--Correspondence.
Ogletree, David -- Correspondence
Ogletree, David -- Criticism and interpretation
Reece, Byron Herbert, 1917-1958 -- Criticism and interpretation
Stuart, Jesse, 1906-1984 -- Correspondence

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Jesse Stuart letters to Reverend David Ogletree. MS 2292(M). Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

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