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Joel Chandler Harris

 

Joel Chandler Harris

 

Joel Chandler Harris in 1874Joel Chandler Harris recreated the oral tradition of the Brer Rabbit tales in print between 1876 and 1908.

The success of the Uncle Remus stories made Harris one of the most popular American writers in the 19th and 20th centuries. His first collection, Uncle Remus: His Songs and His Sayings, has been
translated into more than 40 languages and has never gone out of print. Harris collected 194 stories that gave voice to African-American folklore and jumpstarted the folklore movement.

 

Harris worked as a newspaperman nearly his entire life, despite his literary success. As associate editor of the Atlanta Constitution, Harris was a significant voice for the New South and a staunch advocate for regional and racial reconciliation.

 

At the time of his death in 1908, Harris’ popularity as a writer was surpassed only by that of his friend and admirer Mark Twain.

 

If you want to learn more and like to read, do check out these resources:

 

“Joel Chandler Harris” • New Georgia Encyclopedia

“Joel Chandler Harris” • Wikipedia

“Dummies in the Attic” • Paste Magazine, July 2008

 

If you prefer to listen, press play on this 26-minute 1941 radio play written by Arthur Miller: