Hollis S. Summers (June 21, 1916, Eminence KY – November 14, 1987, Athens OH)

Summers, the son of a Baptist minister, spent much of his childhood living in various places around the commonwealth of Kentucky. After he attended various universities, the last being the University of Iowa for his PhD, Summers began teaching at Holmes High School in Covington before moving on to teach at one of his alma maters, Georgetown College. Later, Summers was appointed the chair of the English department at the University of Kentucky where he taught 5 of Kentucky’s most prominent writers, including Wendell Berry and Bobbie Ann Mason. Summers, while continuing his academic work at Ohio University while he wrote five novels, seven books of poetry, and numerous short stories. Summers died at the age of 71 and is buried in the Millersburg Cemetery in Millersburg, KY.

Works Available at KCPL

How They Chose Their DeadK
City LimitK
The Day After Sunday – K
Sit Opposite Each OtherK 811.54 S955


Department of English & Theater. “Hollis Summers.” www.english.eku.edu (accessed June 1, 2013).

Summers, Hollis Spurgeon. Brighten the Corner. New York: Doubleday, 1952.

Ward, William S. A Literary History of Kentucky. Knoxville: Univ. of Tennessee Press, 1988.


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