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Alex Stewart: Portrait of a Pioneer
Alex Stewart was a recipient of a National Heritage Fellowship Award in 1983 by the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington which recognized him as a living national treasure. Over a twenty year period of friendship the author developed a profound respect and great love for Alex Stewart, a truly remarkable Tennessee mountain character whose life epitomizes the pionee ...more
Paperback, 298 pages
Published March 1st 1997 by Schiffer Publishing Ltd
(first published December 1st 1985)
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Alex Stewart was an incredible man who lived an incredible life. His story of what many would consider a meager life inspired me to look at the world as it is, and my life, in an entirely different way. Mr. Stewart was apparently a master of many crafts and a wise philosopher. I'm pretty sure planet earth is richer for his having lived.
I was lucky enough to have met Alex Stewart on several occasions. He was sharp as a tack and as talented a cooper as you could ever want to know. He was also a bit of a flirt. If you are at all interested in Appalachian people or folkways, or if you just like to read about unforgettable people, then you will really enjoy this book. It is very well written and his story will make a lasting impression on you.