(If you want to retell any of the stories listed below, be sure
to obtain permission from the copyright holder if the material
is not in the public domain)
Newlywed Rattlesnake, a
poem, is told by Charlotte
Ross on a video tape called Mountain Tales
with Charlotte Ross, Dianne Hackworth & Orville Hicks.
She does say (on the tape) that it was written in just a few paragraphs
in a book in 1968, The Land Breakers
by John Ehle. (Amazon says 1964) She collected stories in 259
Appalachian counties. All but three had some small fragment of
the story. Then she moved to Boone, N.C. in 1968-69 and spent
11 years researching this story in Burke, Avery, Mitchell, and
Yatze counties. She has versions from 15 families that she has
put together to form her version.
According to Charlotte, the "first recorded instance of that
story in America was on the Western North Carolina frontier in
the year 1805." Charlotte spent eleven years researching
different versions of this story, one of which was from her own
family. She took her collection and put together her story.
The poem title is Mountain Bride
and the author is Robert Morgan. Some anthologies with the poem
are: Generation of 2000; Contemporary American
Poets, William Heyen, editor; Morrow
Anthology of Younger American poets, Dave Smith & David
Bottoms, editors; Music of What Happens;
Poems That Tell Stories, Paul B. Janecczko, compiler.
web page updated 8/10/03)