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NIGHTS WITH UNCLE REMUS
Original c.1883 Edition of “Nights with Uncle Remus” by Joel Chandler Harris :: Published by Boston: Ticknor and Company :: Measures 5 x 7 3/4" :: Complete with 416 Pages. CONDITION: A tightly bound volume, solid hinges, generally clean pages throughout, covers in good shape, complete with all pages and illustrations; overall a very good condition example for age.
Here is an early edition of Joel Chandler Harris' beloved book, featuring Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox and Brer Bear, and Brer Terrapin. While working for the Atlanta Constitution in 1876, Harris "invented Uncle Remus" He published Uncle Remus pieces regularly in the Constitution, and they were extremely popular. In 1880 he collected them into his first book. Remus was a composite of three elderly slaves he had known, the stories themselves were his retellings of old African American tales. He rigorously researched his material, often collecting several versions of the same story until he felt he had the most authentic one. The stories Harris had heard originally were never meant to be told for the benefit of a white child; rather they were an integral part of the slave culture out of which they grew.
These works were among the first, and remain the greatest, in the school of Negro folk literature. Uncle Remus is both typical and strongly individual, and his tales, based on native legends, are told with a simple humor and authentic negro dialect that is in perfect harmony with the thing said and the way of saying it." "Negro folk literature" or not, Harris' tales are today rather politically incorrect, as he portrays the life of a slave as hard but rewarding and enjoyable. Early Ninth Thousand Printing, beautifully illustrated with 21 Illustrations throughout by Frederick Church.
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