American Folklore: An Encyclopedia by Linda S Watts

By Linda S Watts

Comprises over 500 articles Ranging over foodways and folksongs, quiltmaking and laptop lore, Pecos invoice, Butch Cassidy, and Elvis sightings, greater than 500 articles highlight people literature, tune, and crafts; activities and vacations; tall stories and mythical figures; genres and varieties; scholarly ways and theories; areas and ethnic teams; performers and creditors; writers and students; spiritual ideals and practices. The alphabetically prepared entries range from concise definitions to designated surveys, every one observed by means of a quick, updated bibliography. exact positive aspects *More than 2000 individuals *Over 500 articles highlight people literature, tune, crafts, and extra *Alphabetically prepared *Entries followed by means of up to date bibliographies *Edited by means of America's best-known folklore authority

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Urbana: University of Illinois Press. Cutting, Edith E. 1944. Lore of an Adirondack County. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. Thomas, Howard. 1962. Folklore from the Adirondack Foothills. : Prospect Books. Thompson, Harold W. [1939] 1962. Body, Boots, and Britches: Folktales, Ballads, and Speech from Country New York. New York: Dover. Wessels, William L. 1961. Adirondack Profiles. Lake George, NY: Adirondack Resorts Press. White, William Chapman. 1967. Adirondack Country. New York: Alfred Knopf.

Urbana: University of Illinois Press. Cutting, Edith E. 1944. Lore of an Adirondack County. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. Thomas, Howard. 1962. Folklore from the Adirondack Foothills. : Prospect Books. Thompson, Harold W. [1939] 1962. Body, Boots, and Britches: Folktales, Ballads, and Speech from Country New York. New York: Dover. Wessels, William L. 1961. Adirondack Profiles. Lake George, NY: Adirondack Resorts Press. White, William Chapman. 1967. Adirondack Country. New York: Alfred Knopf.

Anticipating life’s stages, children recite them in rhymes and songs: “Solomon Grundy, born on Monday/Christened on Tuesday/Married on Wednesday…” or “When I was a baby, a baby, a baby, when I was a baby, this is what I did,” which continues through grandmotherhood and death (Hufford, Hunt, and Zeitlin 1987:18). Reflecting on those stages, elders hone hindsight into aphorism: “If you’re twenty and not a revolutionary, you have no heart. ” These fragments hint at multigenerational perspectives on the life cycle, and an underlying ever-present negotiation of the elder’s image and role in society.

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