Harris, Joel Chandler. (1848 - 1908).
L i f e
- born in Georgiana
- apprenticed in a printing shop
- worked for regional newspapers, then for the Atlanta Constitution
- largely self-taught <=> M. Twain
W o r k
< dialect tales heard in childhood by slaves: the oral tradition of gospels, spirituals, fables, and tales
- author of editorial writing, early humorous pieces for newspapers, and dialect tales
- an excellent ear for dialect
- an ability to emphasise the universal nature of the tales
- the character of Uncle Remus = an old slave of age-old wisdom outwitting that of his masters
- creates the ‘best friend’ relationship with the wide-eyed audience, likened to a little white boy from the plantation household
=> introduces a new literary tradition and a memorable new character
Uncle Remus: His Songs and His Sayings (1881):
= a collection of folk poems and proverbs
Nights with Uncle Remus (1883)
Free Joe and Other Georgian Sketches (1887):
- a sense of the tragic dislocation of the South Afro-Americans after 1865
Uncle Remus and His Friends (1892)
Uncle Remus and the Little Boy (1905)
"Lazy fokes's stummucks don't git tired".
From "Plantation Proverbs" in Uncle Remus: His Songs and His Sayings (1881).
(Source: Wikimedia Commons).
AuthorJoel Chandler Harris. (1848 - 1908). American.
WorkShort story writer. Author of Uncle Remus Stories.
GenreFolklore. Short story. Sketch.
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