Category Archives: 1962


Manly Wade Wellman. Battle for King’s Mountain. New York: Ives Washburn, 1962.

Zack Harper, a young scout for the Continental Army, plays a key role in providing the patriots with information prior to the battle for King’s Mountain.  Much of the story is told through dialogue, making this an easy read for young adults.

This is the second of four novels about Harper’s adventures in the Revolutionary War.

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Filed under 1960-1969, 1962, Children & Young Adults, Historical, Mountains, Wellman, Manly Wade

Wilma Dykeman. The Tall Woman. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1962.

Wilma Dykeman tells the story of a tight-knit mountain family living in Appalachia as the Civil War ends and Reconstruction begins.  Lydia McQueen moves to a mountain clearing when her husband, Mark, returns from fighting for the Union during the Civil War and has a difficult time readjusting to their predominately Confederate town in the valley.  On the mountain they raise six children, just a few hours away from Lydia’s parents and siblings who live in the valley below.  The family survives the hardships of mountain life and other trials during a time of political and economic difficulty. Lydia is a woman of action who works hard to rebuild her community and leave the next generation with something better – a school.

The Tall Woman features well-developed characters and relationships without neglecting the character of the Appalachian environment.  Lydia is no less tied to her family than she is the land she farms and the livestock she raises.

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Filed under 1960-1969, 1962, Dykeman, Wilma, Graham, Historical, Mountains

Reynolds Price. A Long and Happy Life. New York: Atheneum, 1962.

Price’s widely acclaimed first novel is the story of Rosacoke Mustian and her unshakable adoration for the rakish Wesley Beavers. Rosacoke’s patient and unselfish love appears wasted on Wesley, a motorcycle- riding skirt-chasing Navy veteran who simply seems too impatient to settle down. The setting in rural eastern North Carolina is carefully and lyrically described.

A Long and Happy Life won the 1962 Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction.

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Filed under 1960-1969, 1962, Coastal Plain, Price, Reynolds, Warren