Harriette Simpson Arnow

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Birthday
7, 1908
Birthplace
Kentucky
Death Date
Mar 22, 1986 (77)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
7, 1908
Birthplace
Kentucky
Death Date
Mar 22, 1986 (77)

About

A 20th-century fiction writer who set her novels in the Southern Appalachian region of the United States, she is known for such acclaimed works as Hunters Horn (1949) and The Dollmaker (1954). Her later works include The Kentucky Trace (1974) and a memoir entitled Old Burnside (1977).

Before Fame

She was able to publish one of her earliest stories in Esquire magazine by using a pen name and a photo of her brother-in-law. In 1936, she published her debut novel, Mountain Path.

Trivia

Her novel, Hunter's Horn, beat out George Orwell's famous work, 1984, for the Saturday Review's Best Novel award. Her other work, The Dollmaker, was the runner-up for the 1955 National Book Award.

Family Life

She was born in Wayne County, Kentucky, and she grew up in nearby Pulaski County. The daughter of two teachers, she attended both Berea College and the University of Louisville.

Associated With

Actress Jane Fonda starred in the film adaptation of Arnow's 1954 novel, The Dollmaker.