Books: In Old Kentuck

THE GREAT MEADOW—Elizabeth Madox Roberts—Viking ($2.50).

The word Kentucky connotes thoroughbred horses, Bourbon whiskey, hotheaded, white-headed Southern colonels drinking mint juleps before breakfast. In 1774 Kentucky meant a promised land of fabulous fertility, beyond almost impassable mountains, 500 miles from the outposts of civilization. Author Elizabeth Madox Roberts lifts the curtain from 150 years, shows you Kentucky as it was then.

Diony Hall, daughter of Virginian pioneers, settles in what was still the wilderness of western Pennsylvania, marries her neighbor Berk Jarvis, goes with him the two-months' journey across the mountains...

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