Steven Cox, head of special collections and archives at UTC’s Lupton Library, will speak at the Signal Mountain Library at 6 p.m. on June 5. He will discuss his new book, “Once I Too Had Wings,” which contains edited selections from the journals and diaries of Emma Bell Miles.
Miles was an author, poet, naturalist and artist who lived on Walden’s Ridge during the early years of the 20th writings and paintings reflect her love of the Appalachian region and also the hardships of life in the mountains. She sold her works through various sources, both local and national, to help support her family. She kept detailed accounts of her daily life, and these journals, now residing at UTC, provide the material for Cox’s book.
These writings present us with first-hand observations by a writer who excelled in expressing herself. They offer a glimpse into a forgotten time and into the mind of an articulate and engaging woman. Cox has written an introduction to the collection, and the foreword is written by author Elizabeth Engelhardt.
The public is invited to attend this special program and also to see some of Miles’ paintings, on loan from the Chattanooga Regional History Museum, that now hang in the Library’s Reading Room. Cox will also sign copies of the book, which will be for sale at the event. Call the Library for more information at 886-7323.