Death by Violin
6 x 9, 250 pp.
Pub Date: 06/25/2013
Price:        $20.00


Published by Stephen F. Austin University Press

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Death by Violin

J.T. Ledbetter

Ledbetter’s writing is often about people on the small farms of Southern Illinois, Nebraska, and the Palouse in Southeast Washington who have lost their ability or inclination to talk to each other, having been beaten down by harsh weather, or poor crops. John Van Doren has called his work “a report of a vanishing world that was always achingly inarticulate and therefore of violent heart. “ There is humor of course, as there is in any place in any time, but it is often short-lived, and a feeling of terror is never far beneath the surface. And throughout, there is that strange farm silence that covers land and the people of the prairies—places Ledbetter both feared and loved.

J.T. LEDBETTER received his B.A. from Long Beach State University, California, his M.A. and Ph.D. in English from Nebraska University. He is Professor Emeritus at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, and had published eight volumes of poetry, the latest being Underlying Premises, Lewis Clark Press, 2010, and Old and Lost Rivers, Lost Horse Press, 2012.


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