Briar Patch Portrait

By Frank Stephenson

Preview of the first page.

In cooperation with The Wren's Nest in Atlanta, the Uncle Remus Museum, and Florida State University, a special reprinting of the 17 page article, "Remembering Uncle Remus," a colorful history of the Uncle Remus stories, will again be available for sale the day of the festival for $5.00.

In this article, noted Harris Scholar Frank Stephenson explores both the history of Joel Chandler Harris and the stories he created as well as their critical reception through the years. According to Stpehenson, "that Harris, whose fame among American men of letters at the turn of the cenutry was second only to Mark Twain's, left us an extraordianry literay gift isn't debated, even by his legion of critics. It's the nature of the gift, that like a truly fine dog, keeps giving up surprises, keeps sniffing the air--and likely as not, keeps stirring up trouble." Stephenson explores the legacy of Harris's gift to American literature, from his early life and newspaper work in Eatonton, GA and his 24 year career at the Atlanta Constitution, to his creative retelling of folktales through the voice of Uncle Remus. With 35 books and five collections of short stories to his credit, Harris was an even more prolific writer than his contemporary, Mark Twain. Even though twentieth century scholars have not always been kind to Harris or Twain, their works and their influence upon American Southern Literature is undeniable.


Created 17 July 2000. Last Updated Friday, December 15, 2000.
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