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Ron Rash: Appalachian trailblazer

Ron Rash: Appalachian trailblazer

Ron Rash, one of America's most-admired contemporary Southern writers, is conscious of working in a venerable literary tradition that goes back through O'Connor, Welty and Faulkner. But he notices modern trends, too, such as the recent emergence of the short story as a dominant literary form. Not so long ago, critics and publishers had all but given up the short story for dead. Now, story collections are making the bestseller lists. "Something is definitely happening," Rash says from his office at Western Carolina University. "I don't know whether it is a reflection of our busy lifestyle, or our declining attention span, but the short story seems to be...

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