Myths, Legends, and Folktales of America: An Anthology

Paperback | April 5, 2000

byDavid Leeming, Jake Page

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This marvelous collection brings together the great myths and legends of the United States--from the creation stories of the first inhabitants, to the tall tales of the Western frontier, to the legendary outlaws of the 1920s, and beyond. This thoroughly engaging anthology is sweeping in itsscope, embracing Big Foot and Windigo, Hiawatha and Uncle Sam, Paul Revere and Billy the Kid, and even the Iroquois Flying Head and Elvis. In the book's section on dogmas and icons, for instance, Leeming and Page discuss the American melting pot, the notion of manifest destiny, and the imposinghistorical and literary figure of Henry Adams. And under Heroes and Heroines, they have assembled everyone from "Honest Abe" Lincoln and George "I Cannot Tell a Lie" Washington to Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, and Martin Luther King, Jr. For every myth or hero rendered here, the editors include aninformative yet readable excerpt, often the definitive account of the story in question. Taken as a whole, Myths, Legends, and Folktales of America reveals how waves of immigrants, encountering this strange land for the first time, adapted their religions, beliefs, and folklore to help make sense ofa new and astounding place. Covering Johnny Appleseed and Stagolee as well as Paul Bunyan and Moby Dick, this wonderful anthology illuminates our nation's myth-making, enriching our idea of what it means to be American.

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They are the men and beasts that captured our imagination when we were kids. Now these larger than life legends come together in one unforgettable collection. Myths, Legends, and Folktales of America: An Anthology contains a series of stories that examine such household names as Big Foot, Windigo, Paul Revere, Billy the Kid and Elvis. ...

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This marvelous collection brings together the great myths and legends of the United States--from the creation stories of the first inhabitants, to the tall tales of the Western frontier, to the legendary outlaws of the 1920s, and beyond. This thoroughly engaging anthology is sweeping in itsscope, embracing Big Foot and Windigo, Hiawath...

David Leeming is a former Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Connecticut and also the author of many books, including The World of Myth, Mythology: The Voyage of the Hero, and Amazing Grace: A Life of Beauford Delaney. Jake Page is an essayist, science writer, novelist, and co-author with his wife Sus...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9.09 × 5.91 × 0.91 inPublished:April 5, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195117840

ISBN - 13:9780195117844

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They are the men and beasts that captured our imagination when we were kids. Now these larger than life legends come together in one unforgettable collection. Myths, Legends, and Folktales of America: An Anthology contains a series of stories that examine such household names as Big Foot, Windigo, Paul Revere, Billy the Kid and Elvis. This book is a must-read for anyone with an interest in United States history. It includes halftones and line illustrations, and will be a favourite book of both young and old.  

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"This eclectic collection has a place in any high school library as it underscores and enhances any history course and serves well as a springboard for further discussion."--Kliatt