Knoxville: This Obscure Prismatic City

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History Press, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 126 pages
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Discover the vibrant history of Knoxville, Tennessee, in this series of articles from Jack Neely’s acclaimed “Secret History” column in Knoxville’s Metro Pulse. Neely delves into the shadows of centuries past and weaves a path of local history with unmistakable wit and precision. Learn about the people who made Knoxville the “obscure prismatic city” through their genius, bravery or even impiety—natives like Adolph Ochs, whose fear of the old Presbyterian cemetery kick-started his ascent to the editor’s desk at the New York Times; Clarence Brown, the University of Tennessee graduate turned Hollywood icon; and Knoxville’s own Mark Twain. Learn about race riots, labor riots and good old-fashioned drunken riots, and discover why Knoxville is Tennessee’s forgotten music city.

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User Review  - David Ward - Goodreads

Knoxville: This Obscure Prismatic City by Jack Neely (The History Press 2009) 976.885 is another in the series of local tales of Knoxville, Tennessee uncovered by Jack Neely, who is a great local ... Read full review

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User Review  - Garry - Goodreads

If you've not read about my town knoxville, this is a good place to start. If you've read this, then step up and read Suttree by Cormac Mccarthy. Read full review

About the author (2009)

Jack Neely has been a writer and editor in Knoxville, Tennessee, for more than twenty years. His column, "Secret History," has been a regular feature in the alternative newsweekly Metro Pulse since 1992. His writing has received widespread recognition, including awards from the East Tennessee Historical Society and the East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists. He has three previous books: Secret History (1995), Secret History II (1998) and Marble City (1999). He lives in Knoxville with his wife and two children.

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