Interview with Leon V. Driskell, May 29, 1985

Project: Kentucky Writers Oral History Project

Interview Summary

Driskell was influenced by a negative experience growing up as a white man in the segregated south. He and his family were opposed to racism and felt guilt and shame. He was surprised that when he moved to the north, there was still racism, but it was not openly addressed. His family valued education. Driskell spent some time at the writers' colony Yaddo, where he produced a novel he will not publish. He met several authors during the time he spent at Yaddo. After that he founded and edited the Adena Journal, and published a collection of longer short stories called Passing Through, which are stories about families and relationships. Driskell is familiar with many authors who form the Kentucky literary scene. He discusses creative writing as it is fostered at the University of Louisville. A recurring theme in the interview is regionalism in fiction.

Interview Accession

1985oh116_kw023

Interviewee Name

Leon V. Driskell

Interviewer Name

Mary Vass

Interview Date

1985-05-29

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Driskell, Leon V. Interview by Mary Vass. 29 May. 1985. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Driskell, L.V. (1985, May 29). Interview by M. Vass. Kentucky Writers Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Driskell, Leon V., interview by Mary Vass. May 29, 1985, Kentucky Writers Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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