The Naked Truth about Nine Famous Arkansans
squanders his family fortune until he is penniless, loses
every time he runs for public office, and yet is so admired
by the people of Arkansas that the General Assembly names
a county in his honor. A renowned writer makes her home in
the basement of a museum until she is sued by some of the
most prominent women of the state regarding the use of the
rooms upstairs. A brilliant inventor who nearly built the
first airplane is also vilified for his eccentricity and possible
Steven Teske rummages through Arkansas’s colorful past
to find—and “unvarnish”—some of the
state’s most controversial and fascinating figures.
The nine people featured in this collection are not the most
celebrated products of Arkansas. More than half of them were
not even born in Arkansas, although all of them lived in Arkansas
and contributed to its history and culture. But each of them
has achieved a certain stature in local folklore, if not in
the story of the state as a whole.
Teske works at the Butler Center for Arkansas
Studies, where he is an archival assistant and staff member
of the Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture. He
also teaches at Arkansas State University–Beebe and
is the co-author, with Velma B. Branscum Woody, of Homefront
Arkansas: Arkansans Face Wartime, published by the
Butler Center in 2009.
6 x 9, 160 pages
Distributed for the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies.