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A sweeping epic of three families in eastern Kentucky that spans two hundred years of American history, awarded the Pulitzer Prize, now reissued for a new audience
The Kentucky Cycle
978-0-8021-2527-9 • $16.00 • Paperback • June 2016
“Aspires to nothing less than the history of the U.S. . . . What makes the work so hauntingly memorable is a poetic impulse, not a prosaic one . . . The play strives for mythic powerand attains it.”Time
One of the most important works of political theater of its time, The Kentucky Cycle was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for its incisive and dramatically epic investigation of the brutal birth of America. This mesmerizing saga of rural Kentucky is an unblinking look at the truth behind our American mythology that spans two centuries and seven generations. It is the story of three families whose lives are irrevocably intertwined. From the darker realities of our pioneer heritage to the bloody lessons of the Civil War, from the inspiring battles between Union coal miners and deal-making management to the harsh environmental legacy of strip mining, this fascinating work chronicles the lives of people who use any means possible to carve out a better place for themselves in an unpredictable world. The Kentucky Cycle is a compelling and unsentimental look at the men and women who founded this country and a powerful allegory for our current times of strife and unrest.