Chaucer of the Ozarks


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Explore the life and nonfiction of Donald Harington, known as "the Chaucer of the Ozarks" for his artistic and literary portrayal of the traditions and culture of the tri-state region of Arkansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. On this episode of Arts & Letters, we’ll be talking with editor Brian Walter about the collected non-fiction of novelist Donald Harington. Walter's book The Guestroom Novelist: A Donald Harington Miscellany published by the University of Arkansas Press collects Harington's essays, speeches, interviews and reviews and situates them in relation to his novels--many of them set in Stay More, a fictional town in the Ozarks. The collected nonfiction positions the fabric of Harington's life against the push and pull of his influences and his obsessions. The episode also features recorded excerpts of Harington, who rarely gave extemporaneous interviews, speaking about his life and his art. During his lifetime, Harington (1935-2009), deaf from childhood meningitis from the

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