Interview with Lee Pennington, June 26, 1991

Project: Kentucky Writers Oral History Project

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Pennington's grandmother told him stories of being able to summon spirits and move furniture before she joined a church. Pennington was ill as a child, and hospitalized for 29 days from the diphtheria at three years old. He was one of eleven children, and his early schooling took place in a one-room schoolhouse. His two great interests in school were literature and science. Jesse Stuart, the author, was a great influence on his life, and Stuart's work was the subject of Pennington's Masters thesis. He met his wife at Berea college, and they were married in their final year of college. Pennington describes rejection being a big part of the creative process. He taught creative writing at Southeast College, in Harlan County, where he encouraged his students to publish their work. The book, called "Tomorrow's Promise" caused considerable controversy in the town. He wrote "Songs of Bloody Harlan" after working through the effects of the controversy. After moving to Louisville, Pennington taught storytelling. He describes the nature of storytelling and why it is an art form that has lasted so long.

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1991oh347_kw027

Interviewee Name

Lee Pennington

Interviewer Name

L. Elisabeth Beattie

Interview Date

1991-06-26

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Pennington, Lee Interview by L. Elisabeth Beattie. 26 Jun. 1991. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Pennington, L. (1991, June 26). Interview by L. E. Beattie. Kentucky Writers Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Pennington, Lee, interview by L. Elisabeth Beattie. June 26, 1991, Kentucky Writers Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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