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Doctor to the Dead : Grotesque Legends and Folk Tales of Old Charleston - John Bennett

Doctor to the Dead

Grotesque Legends and Folk Tales of Old Charleston

Paperback Published: 1st February 1995
ISBN: 9781570030406
Number Of Pages: 304

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Twice-told tales about historic Charleston and its African American community.

A collection, in a new field, of folk story, myth, drolleries, macabre unreason, that stems, primarily, from the Negro folk-say of Charleston, and which has been recast into permanent form, minus dialect. A company of old tales of death, mystery, bisarre incredibilities, this has four long narratives, eighteen short sketches, that range from diabolic influence, to demanding ghosts, buried treasure, enchantments, miracles, visitations, the dead that are not dead, etc. There is the death of the Wandering Jew, a doctor abscessed with ministering to the dead, a woman who sells her soul that has daughter be whito, a famous black constable; there is superstition, horror, terror and faith. Interacting material, never pedantic, of regional and racial tradition and lore. (Kirkus Reviews)

Introduction: Bennett and Friends
Introductory Comment
Etching - The House of the Doctor of the Deadp. 2
The Doctor to the Deadp. 3
The Death of the Wandering Jewp. 59
Madame Margotp. 83
The Black Constablep. 107
The Thirsty Deadp. 123
The Little Harlot and Her Broken Pitcherp. 128
The Army of the Deadp. 131
All God's Chillen Had Wingsp. 137
The Measure of Griefp. 143
The Enchanted Cloakp. 149
The Young Wife Whose Vine Meloned Beyond the Fencep. 153
Death and the Two Bachelorsp. 159
When the Dead Sang in their Gravesp. 163
Rolling Rio and the Gray Man; or, the Gift of Strengthp. 173
The Remember Servicep. 191
A Young Girl's Virtue Preserved by the Devilp. 197
Crook-Neck Dickp. 203
Louie Alexanderp. 215
The Apothecary and the Mermaidp. 221
The Man Who Wouldn't Believe He Was Deadp. 233
Daid Aaron Ip. 241
Daid Aaron IIp. 247
Buried Treasure; or, the Two Bold Fishermenp. 253
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ISBN: 9781570030406
ISBN-10: 1570030405
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st February 1995
Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 19.05 x 13.97  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Type: New edition