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Mother Wit from the Laughing Barrel: Readings in the Interpretation of Afro-American Folklore (A New Printing, with Addendum)

Dundes, Alan, Ed.

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ISBN 10: 0824094565 / ISBN 13: 9780824094560
Published by Garland Publishing, New York and London, 1981
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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674pp. First published in 1973; new Addendum, 1981. "Critical Studies on Black Life and Culture Volume 7". Reddish-brown with gold lettering on spine. Like New, but for previous owner name discreetly written across middle of inside front cover. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 003123

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Title: Mother Wit from the Laughing Barrel: ...

Publisher: Garland Publishing, New York and London

Publication Date: 1981

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: First Edition, Updated.

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Exploring the scope, diversity, and vitality of black culture, here is a fascinating collection of more than sixty articles from some of the most perceptive and authoritative commentators upon the black experience--Zora Neale Hurston, J. Mason Brewer, Sterling A. Brown, Eldridge Cleaver, Willis Laurence James, John Lovell Jr., Langston Hughes, Charles W. Chesnutt, Alan Lomax, Ralph Ellison, A. Philip Randolph, Newbell Niles Puckett, Roger D. Abrahams, and many others.

Readers cannot help coming away from this book with a new appreciation of the nature and richness of African American folklore. For those with little or no previous knowledge of this heterogeneous and spellbinding lore Mother Wit from the Laughing Barrel will be an eye-opening encounter.

Drawn out of the deep, rich well of African American culture, these essays convey the import of the black folk experience for all Americans. No library or individual with a serious interest in African American folklore should fail to own this remarkable anthology.

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A classic book covering almost every aspect of the black folk experience, collecting writings by Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, Alan Lomax, Ralph Ellison, and many others

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