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Title:
The complete tales of Uncle Remus
Author:
Harris, Joel Chandler, 1848-1908.
Publication Information:
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, [1955]

©1955
Physical Description:
xxxii, 815 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
"Copyright revewed 1983 by Richard Chase"--verso t.p.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780618154296
Format :
Book

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It's been more than a hundred years since the publication of the first Uncle Remus book, and it was in 1955 that all of the delightful and inimitable tales of Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox, Brer Bear, and Brer Wolf were gathered together in one volume. All of the animal tales from eight books are here, along with the illustrations which originally accompanied them.


Author Notes

Joel Chandler Harris was born in Eatonton, Ga., on December 9, 1848. Deserted by his father at an early age, Harris dropped out of school and began working as a literary apprentice to help his mother make ends meet. Soon after, he was writing humorous pieces for several Georgia newspapers and in 1876, Harris joined the Staff of the Atlanta Constitution as an editor.

Harris is best remembered for writing the Uncle Remus stories. Based on traditional African tales and folklore, the stories feature animal characters, such as Brer Rabbit and Brer Fox, who are endowed with human characteristics. Some of the Uncle Remus titles include Uncle Remus: His Songs and Sayings, Night with Uncle Remus, Uncle Remus and His Friends, and Uncle Remus and the Little Boy.

After his death on July 3, 1908, Harris's home in Atlanta's West End was preserved as a museum called Wren's Nest. The museum got its name from a family of wrens that were found nesting in Harris's rickety old wooden mailbox.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Brer Rabbit and friends return in The Complete Tales of Uncle Remus by Joel Chandler Harris. Originally issued in 1955 and compiled by folklorist Richard Chase, the collection includes all the original stories (the first of which appeared in 1880), b&w artwork and glossary. Barbara McClintock provides updated jacket art. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Table of Contents

ForewordRichard Chase
Acknowledgment
A Note on the Text
IntroductionJoel Chandler Harris
Preface and DedicationJoel Chandler Harris
I Uncle Remus: His Songs and His Sayings
1. Uncle Remus Initiates the Little Boyp. 3
2. The Wonderful Tar-Baby Storyp. 6
3. Why Mr. Possum Loves Peacep. 8
4. How Mr. Rabbit Was Too Sharp for Mr. Foxp. 11
5. The Story of the Deluge, and How It Came Aboutp. 13
6. Mr. Rabbit Grossly Deceives Mr. Foxp. 16
7. Mr. Fox Is Again Victimizedp. 19
8. Mr. Fox Is "Outdone" by Mr. Buzzardp. 23
9. Miss Cow Falls a Victim to Mr. Rabbitp. 26
10. Mr. Terrapin Appears upon the Scenep. 30
11. Mr. Wolf Makes a Failurep. 34
12. Mr. Fox Tackles Old Man Tarrypinp. 36
13. The Awful Fate of Mr. Wolfp. 39
14. Mr. Fox and the Deceitful Frogsp. 42
15. Mr. Fox Goes a-Hunting, but Mr. Rabbit Bags the Gamep. 45
16. Old Mr. Rabbit, He's a Good Fishermanp. 47
17. Mr. Rabbit Nibbles Up the Butterp. 50
18. Mr. Rabbit Finds His Match at Lastp. 53
19. The Fate of Mr. Jack Sparrowp. 57
20. How Mr. Rabbit Saved His Meatp. 60
21. Mr. Rabbit Meets His Match Againp. 64
22. A Story About the Little Rabbitsp. 66
23. Mr. Rabbit and Mr. Bearp. 69
24. Mr. Bear Catches Old Mr. Bull-Frogp. 72
25. How Mr. Rabbit Lost His Fine Bushy Tailp. 75
26. Mr. Terrapin Shows His Strengthp. 78
27. Why Mr. Possum Has No Hair on His Tailp. 81
28. The End of Mr. Bearp. 84
29. Mr. Fox Gets into Serious Businessp. 88
30. How Mr. Rabbit Succeeded in Raising a Dustp. 91
31. A Plantation Witchp. 94
32. "Jacky-My-Lantern"p. 98
33. Why the Negro Is Blackp. 102
34. The Sad Fate of Mr. Foxp. 103
II Nights with Uncle Remus: Myths and Legends of the Old Plantation
1. Mr. Fox and Miss Goosep. 111
2. Brother Fox Catches Mr. Horsep. 115
3. Brother Rabbit and the Little Girlp. 118
4. How Brother Fox Was Too Smartp. 121
5. Brother Rabbit's Astonishing Prankp. 124
6. Brother Rabbit Secures a Mansionp. 127
7. Mr. Lion Hunts for Mr. Manp. 132
8. The Story of the Pigsp. 135
9. Mr. Benjamin Ram and His Wonderful Fiddlep. 139
10. Brother Rabbit's Riddlep. 143
11. How Mr. Rooster Lost His Dinnerp. 147
12. Brother Rabbit Breaks Up a Partyp. 151
13. Brother Fox, Brother Rabbit, and King Deer's Daughterp. 155
14. Brother Terrapin Deceives Brother Buzzardp. 159
15. Brother Fox Covets the Quillsp. 162
16. How Brother Fox Failed to Get His Grapesp. 166
17. Mr. Fox Figures As an Incendiaryp. 170
18. A Dream and a Storyp. 173
19. The Moon in the Mill-Pondp. 177
20. Brother Rabbit Takes Some Exercisep. 181
21. Why Brother Bear Has No Tailp. 185
22. How Brother Rabbit Frightened His Neighborsp. 189
23. Mr. Man Has Some Meatp. 192
24. How Brother Rabbit Got the Meatp. 195
25. African Jackp. 199
26. Why the Alligator's Back Is Roughp. 206
27. Brother Wolf Says Gracep. 209
28. Spirits, Seen and Unseenp. 215
29. A Ghost Storyp. 219
30. Brother Rabbit and His Famous Footp. 223
31. "In Some Lady's Garden"p. 230
32. Brother 'Possum Gets in Troublep. 235
33. Why the Guinea-Fowls Are Speckledp. 240
34. Brother Rabbit's Love-Charmp. 244
35. Brother Rabbit Submits to a Testp. 247
36. Brother Wolf Falls a Victimp. 250
37. Brother Rabbit and the Mosquitoesp. 254
38. The Pimmerly Plump. 260
39. Brother Rabbit Gets the Provisionsp. 265
40. "Cutta Cord-La!"p. 270
41. Aunt Tempy's Storyp. 273
42. The Fire-Testp. 278
43. The Cunning Snakep. 282
44. How Brother Fox Was Too Smartp. 286
45. Brother Wolf Gets in a Warm Placep. 291
46. Brother Wolf Still in Troublep. 294
47. Brother Rabbit Lays In His Beef Supplyp. 299
48. Brother Rabbit and Mr. Wildcatp. 302
49. Mr. Benjamin Ram Defends Himselfp. 306
50. Brother Rabbit Pretends to Be Poisonedp. 310
51. More Trouble for Brother Wolfp. 313
52. Brother Rabbit Outdoes Mr. Manp. 316
53. Brother Rabbit Takes a Walkp. 319
54. Old Grinny Granny Wolfp. 321
55. How Wattle Weasel Was Caughtp. 324
56. Brother Rabbit Ties Mr. Lionp. 328
57. Mr. Lion's Sad Predicamentp. 332
58. The Origin of the Oceanp. 334
59. Brother Rabbit Gets Brother Fox's Dinnerp. 338
60. How the Bear Nursed the Little Alligatorp. 341
61. Why Mr. Dog Runs Brother Rabbitp. 345
62. Brother Wolf and the Horned Cattlep. 347
63. Brother Fox and the White Muscadinesp. 350
64. Mr. Hawk and Brother Buzzardp. 353
65. Mr. Hawk and Brother Rabbitp. 356
66. The Wise Bird and the Foolish Birdp. 359
67. Old Brother Terrapin Gets Some Fishp. 361
68. Brother Fox Makes a Narrow Escapep. 363
69. Brother Fox's Fish-Trapp. 366
70. Brother Rabbit Rescues Brother Terrapinp. 369
71. The Night Before Christmasp. 376
III Daddy Jake, The Runaway: And Short Stories Told After Dark
1. Crazy Sue's Storyp. 385
2. How a Witch Was Caughtp. 389
3. The Little Boy and His Dogsp. 393
4. How Black Snake Caught the Wolfp. 400
5. Why the Guineas Stay Awakep. 404
6. How the Terrapin Was Taught to Flyp. 407
7. The Creature with No Clawsp. 412
8. Uncle Remus's Wonder Storyp. 414
9. The Rattlesnake and the Plecatp. 419
10. How the Birds Talkp. 420
11. The Foolish Womanp. 427
12. The Adventures of Simon and Susannap. 429
13. Brother Rabbit and the Gingercakesp. 435
14. Brother Rabbit's Courtshipp. 438
IV Uncle Remus and His Friends: Old Plantation Stories, Songs, and Ballads with Sketches of Negro Character
1. Why the Hawk Catches Chickensp. 447
2. Brother Bear and the Honey Orchardp. 451
3. Brother Rabbit Has Fun at the Ferryp. 457
4. Death and the Negro Manp. 463
5. Where the Harrycane Comes Fromp. 465
6. Why Brother Wolf Didn't Eat the Little Rabbitsp. 468
7. Mrs. Partridge Has a Fitp. 472
8. Brother Fox "Smells Smoke"p. 475
9. Brother Fox Still in Troublep. 479
10. Why Brother Fox's Legs Are Blackp. 483
11. Why Brother Bull Growls and Grumblesp. 485
12. The Man and the Wild Cattlep. 490
13. Brother Rabbit Frightens Brother Tigerp. 495
14. Brother Billy Goat Eats His Dinnerp. 501
15. The King That Talked Biggityp. 504
16. Brother Rabbit's Money Mintp. 506
17. Why the Moon's Face Is Smuttyp. 510
18. Brother Rabbit Conquers Brother Lionp. 511
19. "Heyo, House!"p. 516
20. According to How the Drop Fallsp. 518
21. A Fool for Luckp. 521
22. The Man and His Bootsp. 524
23. Brother Mud Turtle's Trickeryp. 527
24. How the King Recruited His Armyp. 532
V Told by Uncle Remus: New Stories of the Old Plantation
1. The Reason Whyp. 541
2. Why Mr. Cricket Has Elbows on His Legsp. 547
3. How Wiley Wolf Rode in the Bagp. 556
4. Brother Rabbit's Laughing-Placep. 564
5. Brother Rabbit and the Chickensp. 573
6. Little Mister Cricket and the Other Creaturesp. 579
7. When Brother Rabbit Was Kingp. 585
8. How Old Craney-Crow Lost His Headp. 597
9. Brother Fox Follows the Fashionp. 604
10. Why the Turkey Buzzard Is Bald-Headedp. 610
11. Brother Deer and King Sun's Daughterp. 618
12. Brother Rabbit's Cradlep. 625
13. Brother Rabbit and Brother Bull-Frogp. 633
14. Why Mr. Dog Is Tamep. 645
15. Brother Rabbit and the Gizzard-Eaterp. 651
16. Brother Rabbit and Miss Nancyp. 661
17. The Hard-Headed Womanp. 666
VI Uncle Remus and Brer Rabbit
1. The Creeturs Go to the Barbecuep. 679
2. Brer Rabbit's Frolicp. 681
3. Brother Bear's Big Housep. 684
4. Brer Rabbit Treats the Creeturs to a Racep. 686
5. Brer Rabbit and the Gold Minep. 688
6. How Mr. Lion Lost His Woolp. 691
VII Uncle Remus and the Little Boy
1. The Story of the Doodangp. 697
2. Brer Rabbit Has Trouble with the Moonp. 700
3. Brer Rabbit Causes Brer Fox to Lose His Hidep. 703
4. How Brer Rabbit Saved Brer B'ar's Lifep. 706
5. The Story of Teenchy-Tiny Duckp. 709
6. The Story of Brer Fox and Little Mr. Cricketp. 719
VIII Uncle Remus Returns
1. Brother Rabbit's Bear Huntp. 729
2. Impty-Umpty and the Blacksmithp. 738
3. Taily-pop. 748
4. Brother Rabbit, Brother Fox, and Two Fat Pulletsp. 758
5. How Brother Rabbit Brought Family Trouble on Brother Foxp. 767
6. The Most Beautiful Bird in the Worldp. 775
IX Seven Tales of Uncle Remus
1. Mr. Crow and Brother Buzzard Two Little Tales As Told by Old Uncle Remusp. 789
2. Mr. Goat's Short Tailp. 792
3. The Baby and the Punkinsp. 795
4. Two Plantation Stories
Brother Rabbit's Barbecuep. 797
How Brother Bear Exposed Brother Rabbit at the Barbecuep. 799
5. Brother Bear Learns to Comb His Headp. 802
6. Why the Bear Is a Wrestlerp. 804
7. Brother Rabbit Doesn't Go to See Aunt Nancyp. 806
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