Remus - Reviews
We decided to include four reviews of Uncle Remus collections, each from a different era:
1881, 1892, 1919 and 1955. The passage of time and changing social mores show through clearly in these pieces; while the earlier pieces
can be generally characterized by racism and ignorance of anthropology (an infant discipline until the 1920s), the latter one has a much better handle on the tales' value as anthropological history.
Dial review of Songs and Sayings (1881)
The first four reviews come from The Dial and The Journal of American Folklore; for variety, we also included a fifth piece - an 1892 Remus review from
Punch, the now-defunct British satire/intellectual journal. The short piece is interesting in that it is completely removed from the American context; the author does not mention race relations or anthropology. Instead, he compares the tales to similar British and European collections from several centuries earlier.
Dial review of On the Plantation (1892)
Dial review of Uncle Remus Returns (1919)
Journal of American Folklore review of The Complete Tales (1955)
Punch review of On the Plantation (1892)
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