John Henry

John Henry

Roark Bradford's Novel and Play

eBook - 2008
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Roark Bradford's 1931 novel and 1939 play dealing with the legendary folk-hero John Henry (both titled John Henry) were extremely influential in their own time, but have since then been nearly forgotten. Steven C. Tracy has united these hard-to-find works in a single critical edition that helps contextualize-and revive-both texts. An expansive introduction explores Bradford's life; recounts critical responses to his works; and surveys John Henry's pervasive influence in folk, literary, and popular culture. The volume also features a wide array of supplementary materials including a selected bibliography and discography, transcriptions of folksong texts and recordings available during the 1930s, and a chronology of the lives of both Bradford and Henry. As Tracy's introduction makes clear, such a consideration of Bradford--set in the context of writers, both black and white, drawing upon African American folklore and using dialects along with stereotypical and non-stereotypical portrayals--is long overdue. This new edition is a windfall for scholars and students of folklore and African American literature.
Publisher: Oxford ; 2008. Oxford University Press,
ISBN: 9780199707904
0199707901
9780195371048
0195371046
Branch Call Number: REM
Characteristics: 1 online resource (vi, 210 pages)
Additional Contributors: Tracy, Steven C (Steven Carl), 1954-

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