Talk: A Crusade for Mountain Women’s Rights in the Fiction of Emma Bell Miles
Venue: Blacksburg Library, Blacksburg
Date: Thursday, February 15, 2018
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Event Types: Speaking Engagements
Cost: Free
The Blacksburg Library presents the talk "A Crusade for Mountain Women’s Rights in the Fiction of Emma Bell Miles" with Grace Toney Edwards on Thursday, February 15, 2018.

Acclaimed Radford University Professor Emerita Grace Toney Edwards will give a talk on Appalachian author Emma Bell Miles.

Emma Bell Miles was a writer and author living on Walden’s Ridge in southeastern Tennessee in the early 1900s. A mountain wife and mother of five children, she struggled throughout her life with poverty and oppression. But calling on her own experiences and those of the family and friends who lived around her, she wrote and published seventeen short stories in popular magazines of the day, including Harper’s, Lippincott’s, Putnam’s, and Red Book. Virtually every story revolves around the common lot of mountain women at the turn of the twentieth century.

Miles is best known for her book The Spirit of the Mountains (1905), an authentic account of the customs and traditions of mountain people, including the role of women. In 2014 her personal journals were published under the title Once I Too Had Wings, edited by Steven Cox. In 2016 an anthology of the fiction described here was collected and edited by Grace Toney Edwards and published by Ohio University Press. The book’s title is The Common Lot and Other Stories by Emma Bell Miles, edited by Grace Toney Edwards.

This presentation will tell the author’s own life story and highlights of her fiction through photographs, through drawings and paintings done by Miles, and through illustrations done by other artists for the original magazine publications.

All are welcome to attend. There is no admission charge.

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