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My Curious and Jocular Heroes: Tales and Tale-Spinners from Appalachia

Loyal Jones

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ISBN 10: 0252041135 / ISBN 13: 9780252041136
Published by University of Illinois Press
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Title: My Curious and Jocular Heroes: Tales and ...

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

Binding: Hardback

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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. /What (TM)s the matter, son? /Why, Maw and Paw are up there fightin (TM). /Who is your Paw, son? /Well, that (TM)s what they are fightin (TM) 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 (TM)s own study of Appalachian culture. His sharp-eyed portraits introduce a new generation to Bascom Lunsford, the pioneer behind the /memory 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 (TM)s research and repertoire.


"Loyal Jones's engaging collection of biographies brings to life four prominent figures of twentieth-century Appalachian folkways whose names will be familiar to many readers but only distantly. This is a major contribution to the study of America's most distinctive regional culture. ”Norm Cohen, author of Long Steel Rail: The Railroad in American Folksong

"The reader will come away entranced, enchanted and captivated in addition to becoming well-versed in the lives and contributions of the pioneers in Appalachian folklore."--Appalachian Mountain Books

"The colorful tales, anecdotes, word lore, customs, riddles, and songs that Loyal Jones has chosen bring us into the humor, accents, and often ribald color that marks our first frontier and its inhabitants." ”Stephen Wade, author of The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience

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