Harriette Simpson Arnow (Film)

Harriette Simpson Arnow

  •  Herb E. Smith
  •  1987
  • Color IconColor
  •  35:46
  •  16 mm film
Film Description
Harriette Simpson Arnow 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. 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. The film explores 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 struggle to find the time and energy to write while raising a family, first on a Appalachian farm, then in wartime Detroit.

Screenings & Festivals
  • Athens International Film Festival
  • National Educational Film and Video Festival

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“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.” — Southern Quarterly
"The film, like the person it honors, is unaffected, straightforward and honest.” —East Tennessee State University