Harriette (Louisa) Simpson Arnow (1908 - 1986)

While Harriette Arnow lived much of her later life in Michigan, she is known for her heart-felt stories of the Eastern Kentucky people she was raised with. She has written sensitively of the traditional mountaineer, the depression era, and the industrial impact to the region and its people. 

Ode to a Purple Aluminum Christmas Tree
Harriette Arnow 

Last year when residential streets
with their strings of colored lights
resembled filling stations
and the glitter of shop windows
hurt my eyes
a woman met in the course of an errand

"Oh, you must go to Mike's
out on Stadium;
you can't imagine the Christmas trees
they have for sale;
all aluminum
but in different colors,
a whole row of big purple ones;
I could stand all day
and just look at them."

I wanted to cry;

Instead went home and tried to write
Ode to a Purple Aluminum Christmas Tree.
was as far as I ever got.

The Dollmaker
  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Avon
  • ISBN: 0380009471
  • 1954; Reissue edition (March 1999)

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Hunter's Horn
  • Paperback: 386 pages
  • Publisher: Michigan State Univ Pr
  • ISBN: 087013437X
  • 1949; Reprint edition (January 1998) 
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Bibliography *
  • Between the flowers. 1999
  • Dollmaker. 1954
  • Flowering of the Cumberland. 1963
  • Hunter's horn. 1949
  • Kentucky trace. 1974
  • Mountain path. 1936
  • Old Burnside. 1977
  • Seedtime on the Cumberland. 1960
  • Weedkiller's daughter. 1970

*Dates are earliest editions of given titles in the Library of Congress catalog.