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A Treasury of American Folklore

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This spectacular collection of five hundred stories and one hundred songs represents the best of American tall tales, yarns, myths, ballads, and more, about such legends as Buffalo Bill and Jesse James.
Hardcover, 960 pages
Published December 12th 1988 by Random House Value Publishing
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Christopher
Sep 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is an incredible and accessible compendium of the folklore of pre-Civil War America. A rich mine for any writer, especially those concerned with American archetypes. The only caveat is the cultural mindset it reveals in its compilation of old tales and characters, especially regarding issues of ethnic identity—the author, and the older stories he collected, were products of their time, and not always in a good way.
WITCHCRAFT
Dec 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
You might think you have a general idea of what "American folklore" is. Johnny Appleseed, John Henry, lumberjacks and fearsome critters. But boy howdy will this book prove you wrong. There's so much more, and it gets weird and goes bizarre places you'd never imagined. Bookmark your favorites and share them around a campfire, it's good times. ...more
James Violand
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a wonderful compendium of everything written concerning traditional Americana. From tall tales like Pecos Bill to rhymes for skipping rope and from songs of indigent sharecroppers to yarns by Davey Crockett’ if you want the flavor of the American people’s history, this is it.
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Apr 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: music, history
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Jessica Baumgartner
Jan 04, 2015 rated it liked it
There are some amazing stories in this book. I appreciate how well preserved the writing is. But some of the tales in here read like boring ramblings. I've gone through and folded down the pages of the good stuff and it's maybe a third of the book; the rest of it isn't much to take in. ...more
Michael
You get a sense of the history of the West. It's hard to know where you're goin' if ya don't know where ya been. ...more
Lea
Oct 31, 2008 rated it liked it
This is a beautiful book printed in 1944. I gave it to jenn for christmas last year.
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