Hardback
March 15, 2022
9780813187235
English
88
46 b&w halftones
10.00 Inches (US)
7.00 Inches (US)
$21.95 USD, £16.00 GBP
v2.1 Reference
Electronic book text
March 15, 2022
9780813195230
English
88
46 b&w halftones
10.00 Inches (US)
7.00 Inches (US)
$21.95 USD, £16.00 GBP
v2.1 Reference

Tobacco Harvest

An Elegy

Through striking photographs, James Baker Hall powerfully conveys the physical experiences of a Kentucky tobacco harvest. He captures the process from beginning to end—from the tractor ride out to the field, where rows of tobacco stretch toward the horizon; to the careful, precise cutting of each individual plant; and finally, to the hauling away and housing of the tobacco in the barn. Along the way, he provides snapshots of the many faces of the process and the "gathering of many hands" to help out.

Hall's stunning work is accompanied by an essay from Wendell Berry, which provides an insightful meditation on the shifting nature of humans' relationships with the land and with each other. Berry's essay laments the economic, political, and societal changes that have forever altered Kentucky's rich agricultural traditions. Berry also adds a deeply personal perspective to Hall's eloquent visual testimony, sharing memories of stories told, laughs shared, meals savored, and brief moments of rest and refreshment well earned.

Tobacco Harvest: An Elegy
is a snapshot of a way of life long gone—a time before the importing of cheaper tobacco from abroad as well as the medical and moral case against smoking nearly destroyed the industry in the US altogether. Through Berry's words and Hall's photographs, we get a glimpse of the high standards and perfectionism required for a good harvest, and the heat of the sun, the dirt, and the people hard at work.

About the Authors

James Baker Hall (1935–2009), former Kentucky Poet Laureate, was the author of many books, including The Total Light Process and Yates Paul, His Grand Fights, His Tootings.

Reviews

"Environmentalists, rural sociologists, and cultural researchers should examine this book and take it to heart. This work provokes reflection on the creation of social and cultural meaning and continuity."—Journal of American Folklore

"Hall's photographs work well to say what words can merely describe: tobacco farming was hard work; it was work that allowed people to survive."—Coffee Talk Quarterly

9780813187235 : tobacco-harvest-hall-berry
Hardback
March 15, 2022
$21.95 USD
9780813195230 : tobacco-harvest-hall-berry
Electronic book text
March 15, 2022
$21.95 USD

Other Titles by James Baker Hall

Yates Paul, His Grand Flights, His Tootings

James Baker Hall
Dec 2021 - University Press of Kentucky
$21.95 USD - Paperback / softback
$30.00 USD - Electronic book text

The Total Light Process

James Baker Hall
Nov 2021 - University Press of Kentucky
$25.00 USD - Hardback
$29.95 USD - Electronic book text
$20.00 USD - Paperback / softback

Other Titles by Wendell Berry

Harlan Hubbard

Wendell Berry
Oct 2021 - University Press of Kentucky
$30.00 USD - Paperback / softback
$25.00 USD - Electronic book text

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 - Electronic book text
$39.95 USD - Hardback

Wendell Berry and Higher Education

Jack R. Baker, Jeffrey Bilbro, foreword by Wendell Berry
Feb 2020 - University Press of Kentucky
$50.00 USD - Hardback
$25.00 USD - Electronic book text
$25.00 USD - Electronic book text

Other Titles in NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection

Hiram Martin Chittenden

Gordon B. Dodds
Dec 2025 - University Press of Kentucky
$25.00 USD - Paperback / softback
$45.00 USD - Electronic book text

Why Sharks Matter

David Shiffman
May 2022 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$24.95 USD - Hardback
$24.95 USD - Electronic book text

The Market in Birds

Andrea L. Smalley - with Henry M. Reeves
Apr 2022 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$59.95 USD - Hardback
$59.95 USD - Electronic book text