Books: Self-conscious Hillbilly

MEN OF THE MOUNTAINS—Jesse Stuart —Duffon ($2.50).

Kentucky Hillbilly Jesse Stuart (Man with a Bull-Tongue Plow, Trees of Heaven) is something of a Professional American. It shows in his tendency to machine-gun a page with overlabored dialect, and to indulge a special fondness for plants, farming terms and place names. It is an unlucky affectation for a young writer. But even if he never gets rid of it, Jesse Stuart has body and vigor enough to carry it off.

Nearly all of the 21 stories in Men of the Mountains are self-consciously rural, but nearly...

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