New Book Of Emma Bell Miles Journals Published

Edited By UTC Librarian Steven Cox

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The journals of Chattanooga-area author Emma Bell Miles (1879-1919) have been published in a book edited by a UTC librarian, Steven Cox. Once I Too Had Wings: The Journals of Emma Bell Miles, 1908–1918, is the title of the book, which was published this spring by Ohio University Press.

Emma Bell Miles is known and loved for her 1905 book, Spirit of the Mountains, a collection of local color essays about mountaineer life (primarily southeast Tennessee) written with an insider’s perspective and the curiosity of an outsider. 

Raised by educators, she was groomed to be an artist and attended art school in St. Louis. She fell in love with and married Frank Miles and they lived on Walden’s Ridge, Tenn. During their time together, Emma and Frank’s family relied on her writing (stories and poems for the likes of Harper’s Monthly, Lippincott’s and Chattanooga publications) and her artwork (postcards and sketches for the tourist trade) to survive. Winters were often “close to the bone,” as she writes in the journals.

Grace Toney Edwards, a retired professor of Appalachian Studies and English at Radford University, says that, “Steven Cox’s choices from Miles’s personal writings reveal powerful insights of a woman who lived, loved, absorbed, and recorded her place more than 100 years past.”

In 2000, Emma Bell Miles’s papers, photos, and artwork were donated to the Lupton Library at UTC, where Mr. Cox is head of special collections and archives. Once I Too Had Wings emerged from that donation.

Mr. Cox will talk about the book and sell copies at a June 5 event at Signal Mountain Library. For further information, contact the library at 886-7323.

The paperback edition of Once I Too Had Wings is 352 pages. The book comes with 17 black and white illustrations and has a list price of $28.95. It is available through request at booksellers and also online.

Construction Street Closings Announced

This Week In The Arts

HHM CPAs Held First Annual Run With Reason To Support Angel Tree Children


Here are upcoming street closings: Gunbarrel Road at McCutcheon Road Both southbound lanes of Gunbarrel Road at McCutcheon Road will be closed from 11 p.m. on Thursday until 5 ... (click for more)

This week in the Arts: Friday, December 14 " A Christmas Carol: The Musical" at Chattanooga State Humanities ... (click for more)

Kyle Briner, a senior accountant at HHM CPAs, was the brainchild of “Run With Reason” in partnership with the Salvation Army Chattanooga. The fundraiser is two-fold, encompassing a run and a ... (click for more)


Happenings

Construction Street Closings Announced

Here are upcoming street closings: Gunbarrel Road at McCutcheon Road Both southbound lanes of Gunbarrel Road at McCutcheon Road will be closed from 11 p.m. on Thursday until 5 a.m. on Friday for American Tennessee Water emergency repairs. Traffic will be detoured down Pinewood Drive. Market Street On Sunday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., the right southbound ... (click for more)

This Week In The Arts

This week in the Arts: Friday, December 14 " A Christmas Carol: The Musical" at Chattanooga State Humanities Theater The Chattery presents "Holiday Cookie Decorating Party" at the Chattanooga WorkSpace The Chattery presents "The Perfect Holiday Centerpiece" at Fox & Fern ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Ooltewah Residents Ask Sewage Treatment Plant Go In Meigs County Instead; WWTA Says Growth To Be Stymied Without Plant

An overflow crowd of Ooltewah residents opposed to a sewage plant "in their back yard" recommended on Wednesday that it go further north, perhaps Meigs County where TVA is building a major power center. Officials of the Hamilton County Water and Wastewater Treatment Authority (WWTA) said Mahan Gap Road is the best location and least expensive. Without a new plant, development ... (click for more)

Earthquakes Hit Tennessee Valley Early Wednesday Morning

Two earthquakes happened early Wednesday morning just north of Chattanooga, awakening many early in the morning. The earthquakes registered at 4.4 and 3.3 magnitudes at 4:27 a.m. Some people felt them in North Chattanooga and Ooltewah. They were also felt as far away as Atlanta and Nashville. A St. Elmo woman told of the sewing machine that she uses as a night table by ... (click for more)

Opinion

Alstom And Tubman: A Tale Of Two Sites

The former Alstom industrial site on the riverfront and the former Harriett Tubman housing site in East Chattanooga both have a lot of redevelopment potential. And yet the city of Chattanooga seems to view them quite differently. Alstom is the fair-haired child; Tubman is the forgotten child. The Alstom area was recently designated as an "opportunity zone" in a new program ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My Best Breakfast Ever

As I have grown older, I have grown more peculiar. I love having so many wonderful friends who I’ll see out in the mornings, all hail and hardy, but most of the time I enjoy having breakfast by myself. Hear me out: whether it is the Cracker Barrel, the Bluegrass Café or any number of other places I enjoy, most often there are delightful people who invite me to share their table ... (click for more)