Doctor To The Dead

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"You ask for a story. I will tell you one, fact for fact and true for true...." So begins "Crook-Neck Dick," one of twenty-three stories in this beguiling collection of Charleston lore. Derived from African-American legends, these fables have entertained generations of Charlestonians with sheer storytelling magic.

To the delight of folklorists, students of Charleston history, and all those who love a good ghost story, this treasury returns to print in a new edition featuring previously unpublished photos of the ...
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Overview

"You ask for a story. I will tell you one, fact for fact and true for true...." So begins "Crook-Neck Dick," one of twenty-three stories in this beguiling collection of Charleston lore. Derived from African-American legends, these fables have entertained generations of Charlestonians with sheer storytelling magic.

To the delight of folklorists, students of Charleston history, and all those who love a good ghost story, this treasury returns to print in a new edition featuring previously unpublished photos of the storytellers who shared these remarkable stories with John Bennett.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570030406
  • Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,163,816
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

John Bennett (1865-1956) was a novelist, artist, essayist, and poet of international acclaim who played a fundamental role in Charleston's cultural renaissance. His other books include the beloved children's story Master Skylark and The Treasure of Peyre Gaillard.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Bennett and Friends
Introductory Comment
Etching - The House of the Doctor of the Dead 2
The Doctor to the Dead 3
The Death of the Wandering Jew 59
Madame Margot 83
The Black Constable 107
The Thirsty Dead 123
The Little Harlot and Her Broken Pitcher 128
The Army of the Dead 131
All God's Chillen Had Wings 137
The Measure of Grief 143
The Enchanted Cloak 149
The Young Wife Whose Vine Meloned Beyond the Fence 153
Death and the Two Bachelors 159
When the Dead Sang in their Graves 163
Rolling Rio and the Gray Man; or, the Gift of Strength 173
The Remember Service 191
A Young Girl's Virtue Preserved by the Devil 197
Crook-Neck Dick 203
Louie Alexander 215
The Apothecary and the Mermaid 221
The Man Who Wouldn't Believe He Was Dead 233
Daid Aaron I 241
Daid Aaron II 247
Buried Treasure; or, the Two Bold Fishermen 253
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2001

    A Captivating Book of Tales and One of the First Serious Attempts to Preserve and Convey the Dark, Gothic Character of Old Charleston

    This work, by the renowned scholar John Bennett, is a re-telling of some of Charleston's most beloved, yet dark tales of the supernatural. Unlike other scholars of his era, Mr. Bennett realized the importance of the Gullah Culture and tells these stories with reverence - and relish. The tone of the book is decidedly old-fashioned, yet it also remains true to the dark, gothic spirit that enveloped his favorite African-American storytellers as they sat on their rickety back stoops and shared their tales. The reader, too, will relish these tales and will feel transported to the shabby, romantic, mysterious Charleston of the early 20th Century.

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