Jesse Stuart: A Man of the Country, a Man of the World

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Jesse Stuart's wife

Jesse Stuart's wife was Naomi Deane, according to his foreword in The Seasons of Jesse Stuart. He dedicated the book of poetry "To Naomi." It seems apparent that he did not call her Deane, as your story does.

D. Walker more than 4 years ago

Timely Article

I have been cleaning out bookshelves from my mom's house and discovered quite a collection of Jesse Stuart books....some autographed. I set these aside in hopes that I will read all of them and also share them with my an attempt to share some real Kentucky heritage with them. I considered it a real "sign" that I was doing something right when just a few days later I discovered this article!

Marion O'Rourke more than 5 years ago

Jessie Stewart

I have always loved Jesse Stuart's books and was well pleased to read this aritcle from which I leared a lot about the author. Thanks

Henry King more than 5 years ago

Jesse Stuart

What a co-incidence that this Kentucky Monthly landed in my mail today.
During my lunch break I decided to check my email...and so glad that I did. I am working on a teacher education display in the Katie Murrell Library at Lindsey Wilson College today. What great inspiration that you should be featuring Jesse Stuart this month. I will be using your article as one of my support documents for the display.

The other part of the co-incidence is that as a young English teacher I remember teaching The Thread that Runs So True to my high school students...Jesse Stuart, a Kentucky teacher worth remembering ---along with all of the other very special teachers the state has produced.

I am a 4th generation Kentucky teacher. I remember my father ( a KY retired teacher) would say that one of Kentucky's best products was its teachers. My grandmother rode a horse to teach in her one room school. And so we in ky continue the good work of training classroom teachers.

Thanks for your efforts in highlighting what makes Kentucky special by finding interesting people and places.

Sheila Elliott

Sheila Elliott more than 5 years ago

Jesse Stuart's ability to diffuse

Congratulations, Robbie and KENTUCKY MONTHLY on a superb article about Jesse Stuart and his connection to the world. One thing I noticed early about Jesse was his ability to diffuse a tense, sometimes violent, situation. In one of my classes at McKell High School in 1957, a fight broke out between two boys. Fists were flying, noses bleeding. Jesse was called from the principal's office, and I expected a strong arm approach, but Jesse walked in and started asking the boys where they were from, what holler, who their parents were, what were their politics, their religion. Jesse wasn't interested in the fight. He wanted to find out about the boys and their background and everything about them. When Jesse left the room ten minutes later, the fight had not been mentioned once. Jesse learned about the boys and their background, and I am sure, surprisingly, the boys learned more about themselves than they ever expected. When the class was over, the two boys, once fighting, left talking and laughing with each other. I never forgot that incident. I'm sure that ability of Jesse's--to diffuse, to turn anger into curiosity and wonder--served him well in his world travels when animosity toward Americas arose. Again, congratulations. Keep up the good work.

Lee Pennington more than 5 years ago


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