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Auden, W.H., PAUL BUNYAN. NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK. (Faber & Faber). With an essay by Donald Mitchell. 150 pages.
~~~ is is the lively, witty and often moving text of W.H. Auden's libretto for Benjamin Britten's operetta about the giant logger of American folklore. The idea was first floated in 1939, soon after Britten's arrival in New York, and Paul Bunyan proved to be his first full-length work for the musical theatre. The words are now part of the canon of Auden's early verse.


Shepherd, Esther, PAUL BUNYAN: Twenty-One Tales of the Legendary Logger. NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK. (Harcourt, 2006). Illustrated by Rockwell Kent. Ages 9 - 12. 233 pages.
~~~ Paul Bunyan was never "stumped," and no job was ever too big for him and his blue ox to handle. From Michigan to Minnesota, from North Dakota to the Pacific Northwest, wherever Paul went, he liked to do things in a big way.
~~~ In Esther Shepard's classic collection, originally published in 1924 and now available in this handsome new edition, the Paul Bunyan stories are superbly told in folksy narrative and robustly illustrated with Rockwell Kent's line drawings. These twenty-one tales about the super lumberjack are a unique American contribution to the world's folklore. .


Dance, Daryl Cumber (ed), FROM MY PEOPLE: 400 Years of African-American Folklore. VG/VG, hardcover with dust jacket. (WW Norton, 2002). 736 pages.
~~~ "What an astonishingly rich collection of African American folklore Dance has produced! A major contribution to African American scholarship." -- Henry Louis Gates, Jr.



Nelson, Scott Reynolds, STEEL DRIVIN' MAN: The Untold Story of an American Legend. NF/NF. (NY: Oxford University Press, 2006). 25 b&w illus. 224 pages.
~~~ From Publishers Weekly: Starred Review. According to the ballad that made him famous, John Henry did battle with a steam-powered drill, beat the machine and died. Folklorists have long thought John Henry to be mythical, but while researching railroad work songs, historian Nelson, of the College of William and Mary, discovered that Henry was a real person—a short black 19-year-old from New Jersey who was convicted of theft in a Virginia court in 1866. Under discriminatory Black Codes, Henry was sentenced to 10 years in the Virginia Penitentiary and put to work building the C&O Railroad. There, at the Lewis Tunnel, Henry and other prisoners worked alongside steam-powered drills, and at least 300 of them died. This slender book is many-layered. It's Nelson's story of piecing together the biography of the real John Henry, and rarely is the tale of hours logged in archives so interesting. It's the story of fatal racism in the postbellum South. And it's the story of work songs, songs that not only turned Henry into a folk hero but, in reminding workers to slow down or die, were a tool of resistance and protest. This is a remarkable work of scholarship and a riveting story.

M. Jagendorf, NEW ENGLAND BEANPOT: American Folk Stories to Read and to Tell. VG/VG. Jacket in mylar protect. Gift inscription (not from author) on front pastedown. (Book given as gift to a library, but library never processed it, so there are no other marks anywhere on book). (NY: Vanguard Press, 1948). 6th Printing. Illustrated by Donald McKay. Introduction by B.A. Botkin. 272 pages.


C.G. Knoblock, ABOVE BELOW: Tales and Folklore of the Fabulous Upper Peninsula. VG/Poor. Book is tight & clean. Jacket is in very poor condition with tears. SPINE OF JACKET COMPLETELY GONE. Jacket (front & rear panels only) in mylar protector. (Norwood, Mass: The Plimpton Press, 1952). Second Printing. SIGNED BY AUTHOR on front flyleaf, just abover owner's signature. Illustrated by author. 238 pages.




Harris, Joel Chandler, UNCLE REMUS: His Songs & Sayings. NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK. (Penguin American Library). Penguin Classics. 222 pages.
~~~ Here is a collection of black folktales, proverbs, songs, and character sketches based on stories Joel Chandler Harris, a white Southern journalist, had heard as a child.



Leonard Roberts (compiler), OLD GREASYBEARD: Tales from the Cumberland Gap. VG--/Poor. Slight waterstain along edge of opening pages: book otherwise tight and clean. Jacket in poor condition with tears and water-rippling. Jacket in mylar protector. (Detroit: Folklore Associates, 1969). With an essay by Donald Mitchell. 215 pages.


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