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My Curious and Jocular Heroes: Tales and Tale-Spinners from Appalachia
by Loyal Jones
University of Illinois Press, 2017
Paper: 978-0-252-08267-2 | Cloth: 978-0-252-04113-6 | eISBN: 978-0-252-09969-4
Library of Congress Classification GR108.15.J66 2017
Dewey Decimal Classification 398.20974

We were going down the road, and we came to this house. There was a little boy standing by the road just crying and crying. We stopped, and we heard the biggest racket you ever heard up in the house. œWhat ™s the matter, son?  œWhy, Maw and Paw are up there fightin ™.  œWho is your Paw, son?  œWell, that ™s what they are fightin ™ over.  Brimming with ballads, stories, riddles, tall tales, and great good humor, My Curious and Jocular Heroes pays homage to four people who guided and inspired Loyal Jones ™s own study of Appalachian culture. His sharp-eyed portraits introduce a new generation to Bascom Lunsford, the pioneer behind the œmemory collections  of song and story at Columbia University and the Library of Congress; the Sorbonne-educated collector and performer Josiah H. Combs; Cratis D. Williams, the legendary father of Appalachian studies; and the folklorist and master storyteller Leonard W. Roberts. Throughout, Jones highlights the tales, songs, jokes, and other collected nuggets that define the breadth of each man ™s research and repertoire.

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