By Roark Bradford, Steven C. Tracy

Roark Bradford's 1931 novel and 1939 play facing the mythical folk-hero John Henry (both titled John Henry) have been tremendous influential of their personal time, yet have due to the fact that then been approximately forgotten. Steven C. Tracy has united those hard-to-find works in one serious variation that is helping contextualize-and revive-both texts. An expansive advent explores Bradford's existence; recounts severe responses to his works; and surveys John Henry's pervasive impression in people, literary, and pop culture. the quantity additionally contains a big choice of supplementary fabrics together with a specific bibliography and discography, transcriptions of folksong texts and recordings on hand in the course of the Nineteen Thirties, and a chronology of the lives of either Bradford and Henry. As Tracy's advent makes transparent, this sort of attention of Bradford--set within the context of writers, either black and white, drawing upon African American folklore and utilizing dialects in addition to stereotypical and non-stereotypical portrayals--is lengthy past due. This new version is a providence for students and scholars of folklore and African American literature.

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