Publisher: University of Virginia Special Collections
The Great Meadow
The Great Meadow (1930) is a historical novel by the Kentucky-born writer Elizabeth Madox Roberts (1881–1941). Set in the years between 1774 and 1781, it tells the story of Diony Hall, who migrates from Virginia to Kentucky, known as the "great meadow." Roberts's writing style, which she identifies as "poetic realism," is marked by the grace and beauty of its language more than either its theme or its plot; while rarely read or taught today, The Great Meadow was influential especially within the Southern Literary Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s.