Library Program Features Anne Caudill, Author of Book about Caudills

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Fifty-one years ago Harry Caudill’s landmark bestseller “Night Comes to the Cumberlands” opened the nation’s eyes to the plight of Appalachia.

On Tuesday, Oct. 7, his widow, Anne Caudill, and Terry Cummins, author of “The Caudills of the Cumberlands: Anne’s Story of Life with Harry,” will recount the late author’s life and work in a presentation at Eastern Kentucky University.

The event, part of the Live @ Your Library series sponsored by EKU Libraries, will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Grand Reading Room of John Grant Crabbe Main Library. It is free and open to the public. Complimentary parking will be available in the Alumni House Lot.

Caudill’s book is credited with focusing nationwide attention on the poverty of Appalachia and prompting the creation of the Appalachian Regional Commission. The author, also an attorney and professor, served three terms in the Kentucky House of Representatives.

Anne Frey first met Harry Caudill in 1945 at the University of Kentucky. After a brief courtship and engagement, they married in 1946. After publication of “Night Comes to the Cumberlands,” thousands of visitors converged on the region to see for themselves what Caudill had portrayed. Many stayed in the Caudills’ home.

In “The Caudills of the Cumberlands,” Anne Caudill – at age 89 – tells Cummins colorful stories from her nearly 44 years of married life with Harry in Appalachia, recalling visits by dignitaries, times with family and friends, and captivating accounts of regional lore.

Published on September 15, 2014

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