By Valerie Raleigh Yow
The seven novels of North Carolina author Bernice Kelly Harris (1894–1973) have been released to foreign acclaim within the Nineteen Forties, and her performs have been produced on tv within the Nineteen Fifties. but, regardless of her luck at midlife, she spent her final years suffering to make ends meet and was once almost unknown by the point of her loss of life. during this compelling biography—the first full-scale lifetime of Harris considering the fact that 1955 and the 1st to make use of unpublished autobiographical writings and personal letters—Valerie Raleigh Yow brings Harris again into the highlight, revealing a rare lady who thrived artistically whereas dwelling a really usual lifestyles. Yow’s intimate portrait of Harris indicates her responding to society’s strictures by way of exploring in fiction the trails no longer open to her in actual lifestyles. writer BIO: Valerie Raleigh Yow, a heritage professor for a few years, is an self reliant pupil and a counselor in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She is the writer of a number of books, together with Recording Oral heritage: A advisor for the arts and Social Sciences and The heritage of Hera: A Woman’s paintings Cooperative.
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The author is also grateful to Alice Jo Kelley Burrows and Frank Borden Hanes for permission to quote from Harris's letters in their possession; to Stephen Burgwyn for permission to quote from correspondence of Mebane Burgwyn with Bernice Kelly Harris; and to Marguerite Stem for permission to quote from correspondence of Thad Stem Jr. with Bernice Kelly Harris. Passages from Betty A. Hodges's article in the 28 May 1967 issue of the Durham Morning Herald are copyright by the Durham Morning Herald and used with permission.
Shelby Stephenson, editor of the Pembroke Magazine, published an earlier version of the chapter on the Federal Writers' Project, and I wish to acknowledge both his permission to use a revised version here and his continuing interest in Bernice Kelly Harris and encouragement to me. Busy people took time out of their days to read the manuscript. Vashti Lewis, a scholar in the field of African American literature, read the chapter on Janey Jeems and gave me the benefit of her excellent critic's eye.
As long as there were members of a family who could work and the prices for agricultural products were rising, it was possible to live. And there was enough demand for labor that many tenant families moved year after year, seeking better terms. Bill Kelly's tenants usually stayed on for years at a time. Even though Bill Kelly had tenants working on his land, still he, his wife, and their children were in the fields when the season demanded, plowing and planting, chopping cotton, gathering the white bolls, picking tobacco leaves and stringing them up, and hoeing and weeding the garden vegetables.