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About the Author: Joel Chandler Harris

Joel Chandler Harris was an American journalist born in Eatonton, Georgia who wrote the Uncle Remus stories, including Uncle Remus; His Songs and His Sayings, The Folk-Lore of the Old Plantation, (1880), Nights with Uncle Remus (1881 & 1882), Uncle Remus and His Friends (1892), and Uncle Remus and the Little Boy (1905).

The stories, based on the African-American oral storytelling tradition, were revolutionary in their use of dialect and in featuring a trickster hero called Br'er ("Brother") Rabbit, who uses his wits against adversity, though his efforts do not always succeed. The frog is the trickster character in traditional tales in Central and Southern Africa. The stories, which began appearing in the Atlanta Constitution in 1879, were popular among both Black and White readers in the North and South, not least because they presented an idealized view of race relations soon after the Civil War. The first published Brer Rabbit stories were written by President Theodore Roosevelt's uncle, Robert Roosevelt.


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A Story of Reconstruction (1902) by

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ISBN10: 0548966389 | ISBN13: 9780548966389

This novel was written by the creator of Uncle Remus. It's a happy/sad tale of a young black woman, who, after the slaves were freed, stayed with the people she knew. Written in an almost fairy-tale style, it is captivating and strangely beautifully written. This is one of those books that, after reading it, you will recommend to your friends, and will never look at the stars at night without remembering this lovely tale. Of the now three thousand books that Classic Fiction has found and formatted for the Nook, this is only one of ten to which we say, "Recommended."

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