African American Folktales by Roger Abrahams
Stories from Black Traditions in the New World (Pantheon Fairy Tale & Folklore Library)

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From the canefileds of the ante-bellum South, the villages of the Caribbean islands, and the streets of contemporary inner cities, here are more than one hundred tales from an "incredibly rich and affirmative storytelling tradition" (Choice).

Full of life, wisdom, and humor, these tales range from the earthy comedy of tricksters to stories explaining how the world was created and got to be the way it is, to moral fables that tell of encounters between masters and slaves. They includes stories set down in travelers' reports and plantation journals from the early nineteenth century, tales gathered by collectors such as Joel Chandler Harris and Zora Neale Hurston, and narratives tape-recorded by Roger Abrahams himself during extensive expeditions throughout the American South and the Caribbean.

Part of the Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folkore Library

From the Trade Paperback edition.

About Roger Abrahams

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Roger D. Abrahams is a former president of the American Folklore Society. Among his most recent books are" African Folktales" (also availabe in Pantheon paperback), "After Africa" (with John Szwed, and "Singing the Master.
Published July 27, 2011 by Pantheon. 352 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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