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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).

  • Author

    Joel Chandler Harris. (1848 - 1908). American.
  • Work

    Short story writer. Author of Uncle Remus Stories.
  • Genre

    Folklore. Short story. Sketch.


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