Edited by Clara Metzmeier
Kentucky writer Janice Holt Giles (1905-1979) wrote fiction, nonfiction, and short stories between 1950-1979. Her first novel,
The Enduring Hills, was published in 1950; her last work, Wellspring, a collection of short stories and essays, was published in 1975. The novel
Act of Contrition was published posthumously in 2001.|
Giles' works were widely read during her lifetime, but no critical analysis was written. After her death the books remained popular and are widely read today. The American Frontier Series novels were painstakingly researched and are historically correct. The Kentucky fiction and nonfiction works serve as a literary repository for life in northern Adair County, Kentucky, during the late 1920s through the 1960s. Two other works talk about the building and the moving of the Giles log home; another work tells of Henry Giles' World War II experiences in Europe. Janice Holt Giles' in-depth research, her ability to spin a story, and her belief in the goodness of people cause her writings to endure.
Celebrating Janice is a collection of essays that were delivered at The Giles Symposium held on the campus of Campbellsville University on May 17-18, 1991. The essays are arranged in the order of presentation at that symposium.
This year--2005--marks Janice Holt Giles' 100th birthday. The Giles Society feels that it is appropriate to publish these first critical comments during the celebration of that event. Furthermore, The Giles Society hopes that these essays will stimulate further reading and thinking and critical writing about Giles and her work.
President of the Giles Society
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