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.
Doctor To The Deadby John Bennett
To the delight of folklorists, students of
"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and all those who love a good ghost story, this treasury returns to print in a new edition featuring previously unpublished photos of the storytellers who shared these remarkable stories with John Bennett.
- University of South Carolina Press
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- 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.68(d)
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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.