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The Doctor to the Dead
Grotesque Legends and Folk Tales of Old Charleston

John Bennett

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

"You ask for a story. I will tell you one, fact for fact and true for true…." So begins "Crook-Neck Dick," one of twenty-three stories in this beguiling collection of Charleston lore. Derived from African-American legends, these fables have entertained generations of Charlestonians with sheer storytelling magic.

To the delight of folklorists, students of Charleston history, and all those who love a good ghost story, this treasury returns to print in a new edition featuring previously unpublished photos of the storytellers who shared these remarkable stories with John Bennett.

John Bennett (1865–1956) was a novelist, artist, essayist, and poet of international acclaim who played a fundamental role in Charleston's cultural renaissance. His other books include the beloved children's story Master Skylark and The Treasure of Peyre Gaillard.

 
 

 

book jacket for The Doctor to the Dead


 

FOLKLORE
(1995)
5 x 7 ½
290 pages
8 illustrations
ISBN 978-1-57003-040-6
paperback, $14.95t
 
 

 
 
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