West Virginia's Appalachian Music and Literature

Sources for More Stories and Songs


See also AppLit Bibliographies and Fiction and Poems section.

Appalachian Stories

Birdseye, Tom. Soap! Soap! Don't Forget the Soap! New York: Holiday House, 1993.

Cober, Mary E. The Remarkable History of Tony Beaver, West Virginian. New York: David McKay, 1953.

Compton, Joanne. Ashpet: an Appalachian Cinderella. Illus. Ken Compton. New York: Holiday House, 1994.

Crites, Susan. Confederate Ghosts. Martinsburg, W. Va.: Butternut Publications, 1993.

Crites, Susan. Lively Ghosts of the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. Martinsburg, W. Va.: Butternut Publications, 1991.

Crites, Susan. Union Ghosts. Martinsburg, W. Va.: Butternut Publications, 1993.

DeLeeuw, Adele. John Henry: Steel-Drivin' Man. New York: Garrard, 1966.

Digital Library of Appalachia. Appalachian College Association Central Library, 2003.

Gainer, Patrick W. Witches, Ghosts and Signs: Folklore of the Southern Appalachians. Morgantown, W. Va.: Seneca Books, 1975.

Harshman, Marc and Bonnie Collins. Rocks in My Pockets. New York: Cobblehill Books/Dutton, 1991.

Jones, James Gay. Appalachian Ghost Stories and Other Tales. Parsons, W. Va.: McClain Printing, 1975.

Jones, James Gay. Haunted Valley and More Folk Tales of Appalachia. Parsons, W. Va.: McClain Printing, 1979.

Jones, James Gay. More Appalachian Folk Stories. Parsons, W. Va.: McClain Printing, 1993.

Jones, Loyal and Billy Edd Wheeler. Laughter in Appalachia: A Festival of Southern Mountain Humor. Little Rock: August House, 1987.

Lester, Julius. John Henry. Illus. Jerry Pinkney. New York: Dial, 1994.

Milnes, Gerald. Granny Will Your Dog Bite and Other Mountain Rhymes. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1990.

Musick, Ruth Ann. Coffin Hollow and Other Ghost Tales. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1977.

Musick, Ruth Ann. The Telltale Lilac Bush and Other West Virginia Ghost Tales. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1965.

Naden, C. J. John Henry: Steel-Driving Man.. Mahwah, N. J.: Troll Associates, 1980.

Preble, Jack. Land of Canaan: Plain Tales from the Mountains of West Virginia. Parsons, W. Va.: McClain Printing, 1965.

Price, William B. Tales and Lore of the Mountaineers. Salem, W. Va.: Quest Publishing Company, 1963.


Appalachian Songs

Boette, Marie, ed. Singa Hipsy Doodle and Other Folk Songs of West Virginia. Parsons, West Virginia: McClain Printing Company, 1972.

Dallin, Leon and Lynn Dallin. Heritage Songster. Dubuque, Iowa: William C. Brown Company, 1966.

Digital Library of Appalachia. Appalachian College Association Central Library, 2003.

Erdei, Peter, ed. 150 American Folk Songs to Sing, Read, and Play. New York: Boosey & Hawkes, 1974.

Gainer, Patrick W. Folk Songs from the West Virginia Hills. Grantsville, West Va.: Seneca Books, 1975.

Gainer, Patrick W., ed. The West Virginia Centennial Book of 100 Songs. 1963.

Hill Lorists (Judy P. Byers, John H. Randolph, Noel W. Tenney). Lore of the Hills. [6 audio tapes] West Union, W. Va.: Hill Lorists, 1989.

Ritchie, Jean. comp. Jean Ritchie's Swapping Song Book. Photos. George Pickow. New York: H. Z. Walck, 1964. 93 pp. Piano arrangements by A. K. Fossner and Edward Tripp. "Twenty-one songs from the southern Appalachians," including children's songs. Jean Ritchie CD: Childhood Songs. Port Washington, NY: Greenhays Recordings, 2001.

Ritchie, Jean. Singing Family of the Cumberlands. Illus. Maurice Sendak. New York: Oxford, 1955. A personal and family history with a number of traditional song lyrics and melodies included, such as "John Henry."

Seeger, Mike. What is Old-Time Music? and Music of the Southern Appalachian Mountains: A Study Guide by Mike Seeger.  Mike Seeger: Music from True Vine. 2004.  Seeger's web site lists books and recordings, activities for children, and other references, with good background on "old-time" music.



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West Virginia's Appalachian Music and Literature is a self-contained teaching unit by Avis Caynor and Reneé Wyatt (1997), reprinted with permission in 2003 in the larger web site AppLit. Last updated by Tina L. Hanlon: 06/25/2007

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