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The oral tradition of Kentucky is one of the most rich and interesting in the nation and has attracted a number of outstanding men and women—scholars and writers, teachers and singers—who have devoted their energies to Kentucky’s folk and their ways. Some have collected examples of the state’s unique speech patterns and word usages. Others have recorded local place names and the legends that surround them, or the yarns and tall tales transmitted from one generation to the next. Musicians have sought the authentic mountain folk songs, both old and new, and gifted writers have woven details of their Kentucky upbringing into poems, novels, and stories. The Harvest and the Reapers illuminates the work of those who labor tirelessly to preserve Kentucky’s oral history and traditions.
Kenneth and Mary Clarke are professors of English and folklore at Western Kentucky University. They have collaborated previously on Introducing Folklore and A Folklore Reader, and are former coeditors of the Kentucky Folklore Record. Kenneth Clarke is also author of Uncle Bud Long: The Birth of a Kentucky Folk Legend. Mary Clarke is author of Jesse Stuart’s Kentucky.
The University Press of Kentucky
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Folklore, Folk literature, Oral traditions, Kentucky
Clarke, Kenneth and Clarke, Mary, "The Harvest and the Reapers: Oral Traditions of Kentucky" (1974). Folklore. Book 4.