Growing up in Hanover, Virginia, "surrounded by people who cast the world in vibrant and poetic colors," Sw. Anand Prahlad "fell in love with proverbs at an early age" (ix). This lifelong love affair has resulted in a rich collection of African American proverbs that expanded as Prahlad went through college and graduate school, and did postgraduate research. All the while, he was sharpening his critical skills and developing the theoretical framework to establish a model for use in examining the varied components of proverbial speech in the African American community, proceeding on the assumption that in order to understand a given folkloric speech event, one must explore the entire situation surrounding that event. The result is African-American Proverbs in Context.

Document Type

Book Review

Publication Date

Fall 1997

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Copyright © 1997, Johns Hopkins University Press. This article first appeared in African American Review: 31:3 (1997), 526-528.

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