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Description - Tales from the Cloud Walking Country by Marie Campbell

Assembled here are seventy-eight stories from six of the "ballad-singingest, tale-tellingest" residents of the eastern Kentucky mountain country. Based on stories rooted in European traditions from German fairy tales to Irish hero stories to Greek myths, the tales had been handed down through generations of telling before Marie Campbell collected them in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Readers will recognize the story of Snow White in "A Stepchild That Was Treated Mighty Bad," while "Three Shirts and a Golden Finger Ring" recalls the fairy tale of the Seven Swans. "The Fellow That Married A Dozen Times" is a lively rendition of "Bluebeard." As the narrators cautioned Marie Campbell again and again, "Tale-telling is nigh about faded out in the mountain country," but "Tales from the Cloud Walking Country" offers a lasting record of history, cultural heritage, language, and good old-fashioned fun.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780820321868
ISBN-10: 0820321869
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 139mm x mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: University of Georgia Press
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Publish Date: 23-Mar-2000
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Marie Campbell

Marie Campbell was a teacher and folklorist who, between 1926 and 1934, lived, worked, and traveled the eastern Kentucky mountains. She is also the author of "Folks Do Get Born."