West Virginia Classics

West Virginia Classics is a book series that publishes new editions of important West Virginia literary works with new introductions by contemporary scholars.


The series is a partnership of the West Virginia University Press and the West Virginia Humanities Council. This collaborative publishing venture brings back the state’s classic books in handsome new editions.


The goal of the series is to help new generations of readers discover out-of-print texts not available from other sources that reveal the culture and diversity of West Virginia. The first two volumes in the series received an award for cover design at the New York Book Show.


West Virginia Classics are available through WVU Press and include:


West Virginia: Its Farms and Forests, Mines and Oil-Wells (1865 & 2011)

By J. R. Dodge with introduction by Kenneth R. Bailey


The Shenandoah (1945 & 2011)

By Julia Davis with introduction by Christopher Camito


History of the American Negro: West Virginia Edition (1923 & 2012)

By A. B. Caldwell with introduction by Joe William Trotter, Jr.


Folk-Songs of the South (1925 & 2013)

By John Harrington Cox with introduction by Alan Jabbour


Uncle Abner: Master of Mysteries (1918 & 2015)

By Melville Davisson Post with introduction by Craig Johnson