W.K. McNeil Bio: W.K. McNeil was born William Kinneth McNeil in Haywood County, North Carolina, in the Appalachian Mountain region. He received his B.A. in history at Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tennessee, his M.A. in history from Oklahoma State University, an M.A. in American folk culture from the Cooperstown Graduate Program of the State University of New York, and his Ph.D. in folklore from Indiana University. His dissertation was written about the history of American folklore studies and he has also published many biographical articles based on this work. W. K. was a founding member of the History and Folklore section of the American Folklore Society and advisory editor to its journal The Folklore Historian. He became well known as a leading expert in writing histories of folklore as a professional discipline. He later became administrator for the Regional America Program of the Smithsonian Institution's Festival of American Folklife, and worked as a folklorist for the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, Arkansas.
Ghost Stories from the American Southby W. K. McNeil (Compiler)
This volume of supernatural narratives is, unlike most such volumes available today, taken from the folk tradition of the southern United Stated. A majority of the texts were collected in the last twenty-five years, although the tales are set in time periods ranging from the Revolutionary War to the present. Most of the items given here have never appeared in print before; in all cases, they have been maintained by oral tradition. Among the 100 tales in this book – drawn from Tidewater Virginia to the Lone Star State – you can read about the face on the window of the Carrollton, Alabama courthouse, the Tex-Mex widower who was haunted by the ghost of his first wife until he paid the grocery bill, the Headless Gownsman at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, and much more!
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