The Harvest and the Reapers: Oral Traditions of Kentucky

The Harvest and the Reapers: Oral Traditions of Kentucky


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The oral tradition of Kentucky is one of the most rich and interesting in the nation and has attracted a number of outstanding men and women — scholars and writers, teachers and singers — who have devoted their energies to Kentucky's folk and their ways. Some have collected examples of the state's unique speech patterns and word usages. Others have recorded local place names and the legends that surround them, or the yarns and tall tales transmitted from one generation to the next. Musicians have sought the authentic mountain folk songs, both old and new, and gifted writers have woven details of their Kentucky upbringing into poems, novels, and stories. The Harvest and the Reapers illuminates the work of those who labor tirelessly to preserve Kentucky's oral history and traditions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813193069
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Publication date: 12/07/2009
Series: Kentucky Bicentennial Bookshelf
Pages: 110
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Kenneth and Mary Clarke are professors of English and folklore at Western Kentucky University. They have collaborated previously on Introducing Folklore and A Folklore Reader, and are former coeditors of the Kentucky Folklore Record. Kenneth Clarke is also author of Uncle Bud Long: The Birth of a Kentucky Folk Legend. Mary Clarke is author of Jesse Stuart's Kentucky.

Table of Contents

Folk Images of Kentucky
Kentucky Words and Brief Expressions
The Yarnspinner in Kentucky
Folk History and Legends
Kentucky Singers
Folklore in Kentucky Literature
Summing Up

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