Spring 1968 • Vol. XXX No. 2 Drama |

A Stand in the Mountains

A STAND IN THE MOUNTAINSPREFACE For readers of thte play (and it i8 for playgoers who also read plays that I care nmost) I include this preface, which is a sort of history of the imaginary place and the itnag- inary people that I have here put together-have here put togethter, I nmust add, in the hope that the interplay be- tween the twvo will seem altogether real and meaningful. THEY CAME TO OWL MOUNTAIN, AT FIRST, TO GET AWAY FROM the Fever. That is to say, the summer people did. It was 100 years ago nearly, when they first began coming-in the early '70s of the last century. The other people on the Mountain, those lightly referred to by the summer people as the "indi- genes" or the "autochthons," had already been there for 100 years then. Rather, their ancestors had been there so long. As a matter of fact, some of their ancestors might possibly have been found there as far back as 1000 years ago. Because these descendants of the first white settlers on the Mountain are said to be

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U.S. short-story writer, novelist, and playwright Peter Taylor (1917-1994) focused his works in the urban South. He taught at Kenyon College and the University of Virginia after studying under critics Allen Tate and John Crowe Ransom. His novel A Summons to Memphis (1986) won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and his collection The Old Forest and Other Stories (1985) won the PEN/Faulkner Award. He is best known for his short stories which mainly take place in contemporary Tennessee.

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