A TREASURY OF MISSISSIPPI RIVER FOLKLORE by B. A.- Ed. Botkin

A TREASURY OF MISSISSIPPI RIVER FOLKLORE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

From American, to New England, Southern and Western folklore, Botkin here anthologizes Old Man River in all the variety of its lengthy and wandering course. From periodicals and books, from history and legend and travels, these are the yarns and gossiping, the observations and records, the calls, songs, hollers and calls and blues, that derive from an enormous geographical area. There are the kings of the river, the pilots, and their boats -- flat, keel, raft, shanty and steam -- the pirates, sharpers and gamblers that followed them; there's hunting and racing along with the settlers and their new homes; there's the braggart and swaggering that emphasizes the background of the episodes and characters. A jumbo of a book, regionally speaking.

Publisher: Crown