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Covington, Dennis

Overview
Works: 19 works in 59 publications in 9 languages and 4,796 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Fiction  Juvenile works  History  Church history  Interviews  Television interviews  Nonfiction television programs  Television series  Young adult works 
Roles: Author
Classifications: BX7990.H6, 289.9
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Most widely held works by Dennis Covington
Lizard by Dennis Covington( Book )

11 editions published between 1991 and 1997 in 5 languages and held by 795 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sent by his guardian to live at a Louisiana school for retarded boys, Lizard, a bright, deformed youngster, escapes with the help of a visiting actor who gives him a role in his repertory company's production of "The Tempest."
Lasso the moon by Dennis Covington( Book )

5 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 304 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When April Hunt moves to St. Simon Island, Georgia, to live with her father, a recovering alcoholic, she becomes involved with an illegal alien from El Salvador and learns about his life and country
Lucius Lucertola by Dennis Covington( Book )

1 edition published in 1997 in Italian and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Salvation on Sand Mountain : snake handling and redemption in southern Appalachia by Dennis Covington( Book )

4 editions published between 1969 and 2009 in English and French and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"It is Scottsboro, Alabama, in the fall of 1991. A snake-handling preacher by the name of Glendel Buford Summerford has just tried to murder his wife, Darlene, by snakebite. At gunpoint, he forces her to stick her arm in a box of rattlesnakes. She is bitten twice and nearly dies. The trial, which becomes a sensation throughout southern Appalachia, echoes familiar themes from a troubled secular world - marital infidelity, spouse abuse, and alcoholism - but it also raises questions about faith, forgiveness, redemption, and, of course, snakes. Glenn Summerford is convicted of attempted murder and sentenced to ninety-nine years in prison.". "When Dennis Covington covered the trial of Glenn Summerford for The New York Times, a world far beyond the trial opened up to him. Salvation on Sand Mountain begins with a crime and a trial and then becomes an extraordinary exploration of a place, a people, and an author's descent into himself. The place is southern Appalachia - a country deep and unsettled, where the past and its culture collide with the economic and social realities of the present, leaving a residue of rootlessness, anxiety, and lawlessness. All-night video stores and tanning salons stand next to collapsed chicken farms and fundamentalist churches. The people are poor southern whites. Peculiar and insular, they are hill people of Scotch-Irish descent: religious mystics who cast out demons, speak in tongues, drink strychnine, run blowtorches up their arms, and drape themselves with rattlesnakes. There is Charles McGlocklin, the End-Time Evangelist; Cecil Esslinder, the red headed guitar player with the perpetual grin; Aunt Daisy, the prophetess; Brother Carl Porter; Elvis Presley Saylor; Gracie McAllister; Dewey Chafin; and the legendary Punkin Brown, all of whose faith illuminates these pages. And then there is Dennis Covington, himself Scotch-Irish, whose own family came down off of Sand Mountain two generations ago to work in the steel mills of Birmingham, and who, in uncovering records of snake-handling Covingtons, decides to take up serpents himself." "With grace and humor and exquisite writing, Dennis Covington explores a physical and spiritual geography few readers will be prepared for. Reminiscent of the best of Flannery O'Connor, Carson McCullers, and James Agee, Salvation on Sand Mountain is southern literature at its best."
Revelation : a search for faith in a violent religious world by Dennis Covington( )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Acclaimed journalist Dennis Covington examines how faith and violence shape our world. In war zones witnessing widespread conflict, what makes life at all worth living' When chaos becomes a way of life in places where religion and violence intersect, what do people hold on to' If religious belief is, as Christopher Hitchens argues, the cause of wars and genocide, then is faith the cure' Dennis Covington pursued answers to these questions for years, traveling deep into places like Syria, Mexico, and the American South. Looking not for rigid doctrines, creeds, or beliefs--which, he says, can be contradictory, even dangerous--he sought something bigger and more fundamental: faith. It's faith in goodness, kindness, and the humanity of the smallest moments that makes the most difficult times bearable. The young bomb victim who offers a smile from his hospital bed, the grieving parent who shares a photograph, the joined hands of men who were previously mortal enemies, and Covington's own family turmoil. These are some of the moments that leave him touching the beating heart of what it truly is to live. Like Covington's widely celebrated Salvation on Sand Mountain, Revelation is an intensely personal journey that gus to the edges of a world filled with violence and religious strife to find the enduring worth of living
Øgledrengen by Dennis Covington( Book )

1 edition published in 1992 in Danish and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dennis Covington( Visual )

2 editions published between 1996 and 2007 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Author Dennis Covington discusses his prize winning young adult novel Lizard and the spiritual journey that resulted in his writing the book Salvation on Sand Mountain
Redneck Riviera by Dennis Covington( Recording )

2 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is an accurate account of the author's real-life encounters with armadillos, outlaws, and the demise of an American dream. These bizarre stories involve a lawless band of gun-toting swamp-dwellers in Central Florida who have illegally claimed the two-and-a-half acres of land he inherited from his father
A financial evaluation of a small business by Dennis Covington( Book )

1 edition published in 1977 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lizard(YA) by Dennis Covington( Book )

1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Sent by his guardian to live at a Louisiana school for retarded boys, Lizard, a bright, deformed youngster, escapes with the help of a visiting actor who gives him a role in his repertory company's production of "The Tempest."
Wilson Park, and other stories by Dennis Covington( )

1 edition published in 1974 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Zbawienie na Sand Mountain : nabożeństwa z wężami w południowych Appalachach by Dennis Covington( Book )

1 edition published in 2016 in Polish and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

They're still here : Holy Ghost people (Dennis Covington)( Visual )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Host Marcia Alvar speaks with Dennis Covington, author of Salvation on Sand Mountain, and Professor of Creative Writing, University of Alabama. He speaks about his coverage for The New York Times of a murder trial that involved a snake-handling preacher who tried to murder his wife. Eventually he was involved with this religious sect and handled snakes himself. Dr. Covington says that this book is his way of exploring what his brief membership in this sect brought to him and how it can apply to society at large
Cleaving : the story of a marriage by Dennis Covington( Book )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Told in the authors' alternating voices, Cleaving is both the story and the understory of a marriage, unique in its particulars but universal in its resonance. Childhood aquaintances, Vicki and Dennis meet again in their twenties and wed. Like many of their generation, they "promise each other nothing" and get more than they'd bargained for; alcoholism, infidelity, infertility, uncertainty." -- Jacket
 
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