Back of Beyond

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Winner of the 2019 Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award.

An icon of the Southern Appalachian region known for the seminal books Camping and Woodcraft and Our Southern Highlanders, Horace Kephart was instrumental in efforts to help protect the Smokies as a national park and establish the Appalachian Trail through North Carolina and Tennessee. He wrote of his personal commitment: "I owe my life to these mountains and I want them preserved so that others may profit from them."

The culmination of decades of tireless research and devoted scholarship, Back of Beyond: A Horace Kephart Biography is the compelling story of this librarian-turned-woodsman who had a far-reaching effect on wilderness literature and outdoor pursuits throughout North America. Authors Ellison and McCue reveal Kephart's fall from grace, the depths of his despair, his complicated private life, and his fortitude in forging a new existence in the Great Smoky Mountains. They do this through in-depth historical research and an exploration of Kephart's own major writings on frontier history, camping, and woodcraft, and the lives of his neighbors on Hazel Creek, his personal back of beyond in the Smokies.

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Author(s) Ellison George
Short Description An icon of the Southern Appalachian region known for books such as Camping and Woodcraft and Our Southern Highlanders, Horace Kephart was instrumental in efforts to create a national park in the Smokies andto establish the Appalachian Trail through North Carolina and Tennessee. Read the behind-the-scenes story of this librarian-turned-woodsman who had a far-reaching effect on wilderness literature and outdoor pursuits, written by George Ellison and Jane McCue.Winner of the 2019 Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award
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  1. Back of Beyond Wins Thomas Wolfe Literary Award Back of Beyond Wins Thomas Wolfe Literary Award The Western North Carolina Historical Association has named Back of Beyond: A Horace Kephart Biography the winner of the 2019 Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award. Written by George Ellison and Janet McCue, edited by Frances Figart and published by Great Smoky Mountains Association, the book is the 64th winner of this annual recognition of distinction for qualifying works of fiction, nonfiction, drama or poetry.
  2. Back of Beyond, new Kephart biography from Great Smoky Mountains Association, invites readers to truly 'know the man' Back of Beyond, new Kephart biography from Great Smoky Mountains Association, invites readers to truly 'know the man' An icon of the Southern Appalachian region known for the seminal books Camping and Woodcraft (1906) and Our Southern Highlanders (1913), Horace Kephart was instrumental in efforts to establish the Appalachian Trail along the Tennessee-North Carolina border.
  3. A conversation with the authors of the new Kephart biography A conversation with the authors of the new Kephart biography Working with literary authorities George Ellison and Janet McCue to edit their new book, Back of Beyond: A Horace Kephart Biography, was like being a roadie for a dynamic singer-songwriter duo (imagine going on tour with Van Morrison and Joni Mitchell). George and Janet are so creative, so steeped in the literature of the Smokies region, and so attuned to all things Kephart that it was mesmerizing and magical to interact with them on a daily basi