NOW AVAILABLE ON DVD FOR THE FIRST TIME
Directed by Herb e. Smith
Running Time: 14:00
Harriette Simpson Arnow: 1908-1986 introduces readers of The Dollmaker to its author – a feisty, funny, out-spoken, talented and hardworking woman. In interviews filmed not long before her death, Mrs. Arnow provides the basic biographical details of her life and reveals the difficulties of being a writer, a wife and a mother — roles that she balanced for much of her career. We learn of her experience teaching in a one-room schoolhouse in her native Pulaski County, Kentucky; how she left the mountains looking for work and an opportunity to write; and of the difficulties finding the time and energy to write while raising a family, first on a Appalachian farm, then in wartime Detroit.
“Celebrates the life and works of this wrongfully neglected southern author….Perhaps this document will bring much deserved attention to this fine writer and extraordinary woman.” –Carol M. Ward, Clemson University, in Southern Quarterly
“The film, like the person it honors, is unaffected, straightforward and honest. Arnow herself does most of the talking which is as it should be, and the main topic is what it should be – writing.” –Robert J. Higgs, Department of English, East Tennessee State University
“Good for getting young writers interested in writing” –Ruth Burke, Morgan County Middle School, West Liberty, Kentucky