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About the Author: Louise-Clarke Pyrnelle

Louise Clarke Pyrnelle was born on the plantation of her father, a wealthy physician. Her early education was through tutors at home. After the end of the Civil War, Pyrnelle’s family lost the plantation and moved to Selma. She continued her education at schools in Montgomery. After her graduation, she became a governess in Browns. Pyrnelle studied elocution in New York and then traveled through New England giving performances reading dialect stories. In the late 1870s, Pyrnelle returned to Alabama and began working as a tutor. After her marriage in 1880, she and her husband moved around Alabama and Florida, teaching, tutoring, and working for the Episcopal Church. Her first book, Diddy, Dumps, and Tot, was published in 1882. In the late 1880s, Pyrnelle and her husband moved to Browns to live in his childhood home. After her husband’s death in 1901, Pyrnelle moved to Birmingham, where she lived out the remainder of her life with a cousin and his wife. Her second book, Miss Li’l’ Tweetty, was published posthumously by her cousin’s wife.

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, Published in Nov 2011 by Tredition Classics

ISBN10: | ISBN13: 9783842483385

Page count: 136

This volume preserves the legends, games, hymns, superstitions, and inspirational stories that bound black families together during the tragic days of slavery.

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