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Giveaway Countdown: Six Fascinating Facts about the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame Inductees

This week, we’re giving away a book by one of the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame finalists. Respond by Wednesday, January 30 at 1:00 pm for your chance to win!

The six inaugural Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame inductees were responsible for some amazing “firsts” and accomplishments. For instance, did you know . . .

1) William Wells Brown’s Clotel is considered the first novel written by an African American.

2) Elizabeth Madox Roberts’s frail health kept her from college until 1917 when, at age 36, she enrolled at the University of Chicago. There, her colleagues recognized her original genius and helped her launch a late-blooming but productive literary career which included her acclaimed novel The Time of Man.

3) Robert Penn Warren is the only person to have ever won Pulitzer Prizes for both fiction (All the King’s Men) and poetry (Promises and Now and Then).

4) Harry M. Caudill’s masterpiece, Night Comes to the Cumberlands, prompted President John F. Kennedy to appoint the Appalachian Regional Commission and led to the investment of more than 15 billion dollars in aid in the region over twenty-five years.

5) Harriette Simpson Arnow’s novel Hunter’s Horn finished close to James Gould Cozzens’s Guard of Honor in the voting for the 1949 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Joyce Carol Oates has called the book “our most unpretentious American masterpiece.”

6) James Still, author of River of Earth, is the only inaugural member of the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame not to have been born in Kentucky, but he lived in the state longer than any of the other inductees.

See more interesting facts about the inductees on our influence map, which visualizes the global reach and impact of these great Kentucky writers, and don’t forget to register for our giveaway.