The Countryman

Turner, J. A. , Publisher and Joel Chandler Harris (Typesetter)

Published by J. A. Turner, Turnwold, Eatonton GA, 1864
Condition: Good Soft cover
From The Ridge Books (Calhoun, GA, U.S.A.)

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Browned, pages just barely attached to each other though, oddly, the opposite side is unopened -- meaning that the newspaper is more strongly attached on the side that should open than on the bound side. There is an old dampstain on the upper left area that may look like a tear in my scan but is actually just a slightly darker brown tone. ; No. 16; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 16 pages; First, this is a rare Confederate newspaper, published on Turnwold Plantation near Eatonton, Georgia during the Civil War, in 1864, by J. A. Turner. Second, the typesetter for Turner on that small plantation printing press was the young Joel Chandler Harris, future famous author of Uncle Remus other tales. Harris was heavily influenced by the stories and dialect he heard from slaves on the Turner plantation. Harris quit school early to help alleviate the financial burden on his mother. In March 1862, Joseph Addison Turner, owner of Turnwold Plantation nine miles east of Eatonton, hired Harris to work as a printer's devil for his newspaper The Countryman. Harris worked for clothing, room, and board. The newspaper reached subscribers throughout the Confederacy during the American Civil War and became one of the larger newspapers in the South with a circulation of about 2,000. Harris learned to set type for the paper, and Turner allowed him to publish his own poems, book reviews, and humorous paragraphs. Scarce Civil War/Confederate item with connection to Joel Chandler Harris. Bookseller Inventory # 12145

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Title: The Countryman

Publisher: J. A. Turner, Turnwold, Eatonton GA

Publication Date: 1864

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition:Good

Edition: First Edition; First Printing.

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