Interview with John Egerton, June 2, 1992
Curated by the University of Kentucky, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History. Part of the Kentucky Writers Oral History Project. Egerton was the youngest of five children. Egerton's father was a traveling salesman. During a childhood illness, he wrote a school newspaper, which he shared with the students in his class. After attending the University of Kentucky, he joined the army, where he worked in public relations. He began to do freelance writing, and published a book about the vanishing South, as the South became more like the rest of America. He was inspired to write the story of an American family, by an interview with Sue Alston, a 105 year-old woman who explained a century of U.S. history to him. Egerton began writing about Southern food, analyzing social and cultural aspects of the South through Southern cuisine. He has a varied resume of works, including a booklet about a medical condition, essays to accompany books of journalism, and a book about the U.S. civil rights movement for racial equality. Egerton discusses the process of writing, teaching, and the nature of creativity.