Books: Uninhibited Poet

BEYOND DARK HILLS—Jesse Stuart— Dutton ($3.50).

Four years ago a poetic gusher called Man with a Bull-Tongue Plow, which consisted of 703 sonnets written in eleven months, called attention to a new U. S. poet: a six-foot, 207-lb., 30-year-old Kentucky hillbilly named Jesse Stuart. In those poems, as in his book of stories that followed two years later (Head o' W-Hollow), Jesse Stuart wrote prolifically, ingenuously, sometimes amazingly well about his mountain kinsfolk, neighbors and scenery.

A vivid autobiography, published last week, proved that he could write even better on at least two other...

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