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Written by Roger AbrahamsAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Roger Abrahams

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
  • Publisher: Pantheon
  • On Sale: January 9, 1999
  • Price: $19.95
  • ISBN: 978-0-375-70539-7 (0-375-70539-2)
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From the canefields of the ante-bellum South, the villages of the Caribbean islands, and the streets of contemporary inner cities, here are more than one hundred tales from an "incredibly rich and affirmative storytelling tradition" --Choice.Full of life, wisdom, and humor, these tales range from wiley tricksters to the creation of the world, to moral fables that tell of encounters between masters and slaves. This collection includes stories set down in travelers' reports and plantation journals from the early nineteenth century, tales gathered by collectors such as Joel Chandler Harris and Zora Neale Hurston, and narratives tape-recorded by Roger Abrahams himself during extensive expeditions throughout the American South and the Caribbean.

"A rousing good read.... I suspect Mr. Abraham's book will be read a generation hence."
--New York Times Book Review

"Another masterful addition and accessible introduction to the captured myths of what the Mede calls 'God's Chiefdom'.... Sweeping across the continent...the juxtaposition of tribes and pacing of story lengths make for lively reading."
--Washington Post Book World