American Folktales

American Folktales

From the Collections of the Library of Congress

Book - 2004
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Baker & Taylor
Offers more than two hundred stories from the Archive of Folk Culture at the Library of Congress, including stories from the famous Hicks and Harmon families, Irish tales from Sara Cleveland, and tales from Maine by Joshua Alley.

& Francis Publishing

This two-volume collection of folktales represents some of the finest examples of American oral tradition. Drawn from the largest archive of American folk culture, the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, this set comprises magic tales, legends, jokes, tall tales and personal narratives, many of which have never been transcribed before, much less published, in a sweeping survey. Eminent folklorist and award-winning author Carl Lindahl selected and transcribed over 200 recording sessions - many from the 1920s and 1930s - that span the 20th century, including recent material drawn from the September 11 Project. Included in this varied collection are over 200 tales organized in chapters by storyteller, tale type or region, and representing diverse American cultures, from Appalachia and the Midwest to Native American and Latino traditions. Each chapter begins by discussing the storytellers and their oral traditions before presenting and introducing each tale, making this collection accessible to high school students, general readers or scholars.

Book News
From the Library's Archive of Folk Culture, which was established in 1928 as the Archive of American Folk Songs and has broadened its scope, 213 stories have been transcribed from aluminum and acetate disks, reel-to-reel and cassette tapes, CDs, and other media, depending on when during the past seven decades they were recorded. The first volume is arranged by storyteller, among them the Hicks and Harmon families, Sara Cleveland's Irish tales from New York, Joshua Alley's down-east tales from Maine, and Will Gillie Gilchrist's tales of injustice in the urban south. The second volume begins with selections from the work of collectors John A. and Alan Lomax, arranged therein also by storyteller. Subsequent sections cover legendary America, tall tales, jokes, stories for children, various dimensions of history, and tales capturing the birth of folk tradition about September 11, 2001. Indexes criss-cross every which way. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Armonk, N.Y. : M.E. Sharpe in association with Library of Congress, c2004
ISBN: 9780765680624
Branch Call Number: 398.2 AM
Characteristics: 2 v. (lxix, 729 p.) : ill. ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Lindahl, Carl 1947-
Alternative Title: American folk tales


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