Abstract

This is the book I had been planning to write for the past fifteen years, it was inevitable that if I kept procrastinating, someone would more expeditiously respond to the obvious void. Finally H. Nigel Thomas has provided the kind of exploration and explication of the use, influence, and impact of Black folklore on literature that I perceived was so much needed. Despite the numerous published commentaries on the influence of Afro-American folklore on individual works and specific authors, and the occasional consideration of its influence on a particular genre or a limited period (such as Keith Byerman's focus on ten contemporary writers in Fingering the Jagged Grain), nothing approaching the scope of this study has appeared. Thus I welcome From Folklore to Fiction: A Study of Folk Heroes and Rituals in the Black American Novel, at the same time I upbraid myself for dallying while Thomas forged ahead.

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

1988

Publisher Statement

Copyright © 1988 Greenwood Press. This chapter first appeared in From Folklore to Fiction: A Study of Folk Heroes and Rituals in the Black American Novel.

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