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John Fox Jr.
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Christmas Eve On Lonesome

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This is a collection of short stories based on characters living in the Cumberland Gap area (where TN and VA intersect). Several characters appear in more than one story.
245 pages
Published 1912 by Charles Scribner's Sons (first published 1904)
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As I've found with many of these old Christmas books, this wasn't particularly Christmassy. Only the first story was really a Christmas story.

I struggled to understand many of the stories. I think this was mainly because they were set during the American Civil War which I don't really know much about.

Obviously a product of its time. Very, very racist in places which did make me feel kind of awkward reading it at the the airport.

Fairly quick little read.
Michelle Akers-dicken
As another reviewer wrote, the southern dialect is very heavy but well written. If you're looking for a "feel good" Christmas read... this is NOT the one you want to read. This is a collection of short stories and I wasn't aware of that fact when I began reading. I have a first edition, first printing book and there aren't separations or chapter descriptions. I spent the first 3/4 of the book trying to figure out how the stories tied together! Duh. Anyway, in my book, there is beautiful artwork ...more
Feb 21, 2008 Pa rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Those interested in 19th century Appalachian culture
This book, given to my for Xmas by Nicky, is likely long out of print. The several stories are somewhat reminiscent of Mark Twain. The Appalachian dialect is very heavy, but well done. The author was obviously familiar with the area, its residents, and their speech. The stories range in time from the Civil War through the early 1900's. The characters are colorful, as are the names of the various communities (e.g. Hell Fer Sartain and Kingdom Come).
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Interesting product of it's time but left me feeling unsettled.
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John Fox Jr. (1862-1919), American author wrote the Civil-War based The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come (1903).

John William Fox was born on 16 December 1862 in Stony Point, the heart of Bluegrass country in Bourbon County, Kentucky. The prominent Fox family was large and close knit; John had four full brothers and two sisters, and three half-brothers from his father's first wife who had died in ch
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