American Aesop: Negro and Other Humor.

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Pickens, William
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1926
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Not even close as a book of Aesopic material! The introduction does not seem to mention either Aesop or fable. What is the connection with Aesop? Perhaps just witty (?) stories? As it is, what we have here is a collection of rather dim-witted Black, Irish, and Jewish stories. Three surprises near the end are salvageable. The first is a story (140) of a Sunday school answer to the question Who was Esau? -- The guy who wuz the author of a book of fables, but went an' sold his copyright fer a bottle o' potash! The second is a delightful exchange of Thomas More and Erasmus in Latin on 147-8. The last is Aesop's lion subdued by man in art story done in a contemporary conversation between a mother and son (181-2). The things I find!
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The Jordan & More press
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