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Jesse Stuart
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    (August 8, 1906-1984)
    Wrote 'A Penny's Worth of Character,' 'Thread That Runs So True,' 'Trees of Heaven,' 'Foretaste Of Glory,' 'To Teach to Love,' 'Beatinest Boy,' 'Man with a Bull-Tongue Plow,' 'Men of Mountains,' 'Taps for Private Tussie' and 'Mr. Gallion's School'
    Awards 'Poet Laureate of Kentucky (1954),' 'Academy of American Poets (1955),' 'Academy of Arts and Sciences Award,' 'Thomas Jefferson Award and Pulitzer Prize Nomination (1975)
    He smoked.
    He grew up in severe poverty areas of Appalachia.
    He lived in a one room cabin with his parents and six siblings.
    He was bedridden for a year following a heart attack.
    His heart attack caused him temporary loss of use of his hands.
    A series of strokes led to his death.
    His schooling was constantly interrupted to help his family with chores.
    He was often criticized for bluntly portraying embarrassing tendencies of some Appalachian lifestyles.
    A fire destroyed his college dorm, destroying his thesis and many writings.
    There is a Foundation (JSF) set up in his name to preserve his legacy.
    He wrote several short stories for juveniles that taught lessons, values and more.
    He pushed through school, although he was often absent, due to his love of literacy.
    He taught on high school and college levels.
    He was a high school principal.
    He received a Bachelor's degree from Lincoln Memorial University.
    He was a graduate student at Vanderbilt University.
    There is a nature preserve and high school in Kentucky dedicated in his name.
    He was in the U.S. Naval Reserve, assigned to Naval Writing Division.

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