June 7, 1994
9.25 Inches (US)
6.12 Inches (US)
1.85 Pounds (US)
$30.00 USD
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Shantyboat Journal

Harlan and Anna Hubbard, newly married in middle age, build the boat of their dreams and drift down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers. Harlan is an artist and a writer with a poet's eye for the beauty of the world. Anna is a musician and an elegant master of the arts of graceful living. For seven years (1944-1951) the Hubbards make their home on their little boat, drifting with the river, camping on the land.

Together they learn how to create and sustain a self-sufficient way of life that is infinitely fulfilling. It is a "river way of life"—free-flowing, endowed with the love of nature, the discovery of community, the rewards of good work, and the joy of creativity.

The journal is a witness to history, embracing the gentle spirit of an America now lost to modern "progress." It is one of the most significant renderings in our literature of a deeply felt sense of place.

Out of this journal grew Harlan Hubbard's enduring classic, Shantyboat, and his idyllic Shantyboat on the Bayous. His later Payne Hollow is a Thoreauvian testament to the values embodied in the homesteading life the Hubbards lived for four decades after they completed their epic river journey. Their life together has been praised by Wendell Berry as "one of the finest accomplishments of our time." The Shantyboat Journal reveals its creation.

About the Author

Don Wallis is a writer, teacher, and publisher of a country newspaper. He is the author of Harlan Hubbard: A Visionary Life and the editor of a three-volume series, Oyo: An Ohio River Anthology.


"Hubbard's journal writings are full, expressive, and enlightening—both in a practical and a spiritual sense. Reminiscent of Thoreau's work, but not as obtuse, they convey a pleasure in simplicity, adventure, and creativity, and an appreciation for the working men and women of the rivers."—Boating Books

9780813118680 : shantyboat-journal-hubbard
392 Pages
$30.00 USD

Other Titles by Harlan Hubbard

The Watercolors of Harlan Hubbard

Harlan Hubbard, Bill Caddell, Flo Caddell, foreword by Peter Morrin, with contributions byJessica Whitehead, photographs by David Aaron Marshall, with contributions byWendell Berry
Oct 2021 - University Press of Kentucky
$39.95 USD - Hardback
$39.95 USD - Electronic book text

Payne Hollow Journal

Harlan Hubbard
Nov 2009 - University Press of Kentucky
$30.00 USD - Paperback / softback

The Woodcuts of Harlan Hubbard

Harlan Hubbard
Nov 1994 - University Press of Kentucky
$30.00 USD - Hardback

Other Titles in BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / General

Maureen O'Hara

Aubrey Malone
Aug 2020 - University Press of Kentucky
$50.00 USD - Hardback
$19.95 USD - Electronic book text
$19.95 USD - Paperback / softback

The Favrot Family of Louisiana

G. Martin Moeller, Jr
Apr 2019 - University of New Orleans Press
$40.00 USD - Hardback

Alfred Wegener

Mott T. Greene
Sep 2018 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$29.95 USD - Electronic book text
$29.95 USD - Paperback / softback