"Stars Fell on Alabama" is truly a classic.The book enjoyed enormous popularity and notoriety when it was first published (it was a selection of The Literary Guild and also sold widely in Europe). Itcan be described as a book of folkways not journalism, or history, or a novel.At times it is impressionistic; at other times it conveys deep insights into the character of Alabama.Carmer visited every region of the state, always accompanied by someone intimately familiar with the locality.The mosaic that emerges from the pages of his book portrays Alabama s human landscape in all its variety, and it is a work essential to an understanding of Alabama and its culture."
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What Cable did for Louisiana, Carmer has done for Alabama in this extraordinary book. Fascinating reading - and with the Scottsboro Case centering attention on Alabama, it comes at a good time for stimulating live interest. One gets a strange, conflicting, conglomerate mass of evidence - the picture of a state as far removed from our eastern seaboard civilization as the African jungle. A state that combines the gentle traditions of southern hospitality, the crudities of the folk of back mountain districts, the primitiveness of the jungle negro, the ruthlessness of the Klu Klux Klan, modern version, the childlike simplicity of a race which has developed its own folk lore and folk music and folk dancing. Along with this he has given enough of the actual folk songs and tales to build a new facet of Americana. Duels - lynchings - voodoo - exist side by side, with proud traditions of descendants of Spanish conquistadors, gay creoles, enigmatic Cajans, remnants of Indian tribes, descendants of Scotch and French settlers. A goldmine of information, graphically presented. Sell to any customers interested in Americana - current and past. And to anyone who has imagination enough to get the thrill out of discoveries near at hand. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Carl Carmer
Carl Carmer, a Harvard-educated New York state native, was one of America's most popular writers during the 1940s and 1950s with thirty seven books, documentary films, his own radio program, and four albums of regional songs to his credit. He taught at The University of Alabama for seven years during the 1920s. Howell Raines, an Alabama native and former "New York Times "editorial page editor and Pulitzer Prize winner, is the author of "My Soul Is Rested: Movement Days in the Deep South Remembered "and "Fly Fishing through the Midlife Crisis.""