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Ozark Country
by Otto Ernest Rayburn
edited by Brooks Blevins
University of Arkansas Press, 2021
Paper: 978-1-68226-160-6 | eISBN: 978-1-61075-739-3
Library of Congress Classification F417.O9R3 2021
Dewey Decimal Classification 917.67104

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

Published just days before America’s entry into World War II, Ozark Country is Otto Ernest Rayburn’s love letter to his adopted region. One of several chronicles of the Ozarks that garnered national attention during the Depression and war years, when many Americans craved stories about people and places seemingly untouched by the difficulties of the times, Rayburn’s colorful tour takes readers from the fictional village of Woodville into the backcountry of a region teeming with storytellers, ballad singers, superstitions, and home remedies.


Rayburn’s tales—fantastical, fun, and unapologetically romantic—portray a world that had already nearly disappeared by the time they were written. Yet Rayburn’s depiction of the Ozarks resonates with notions of the region that have persisted in the American consciousness ever since.  
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