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Joel Chandler Harris, Julius Lester
Joel Chandler Harris (1845–1908) wrote and published hundreds of famous "Uncle Remus" stories in the late 19th century. Julius Lester (1939–2018) rewrote them in a mixture of modern English and black dialect language. Lester focused in this book on the main trickster character Brer Rabbit and his interactions with the other animals and occasional humans. It is a major work of modern folklore, drawing on tales common to many cultures including African American, Native American, European, and Asian. The larger framework of life in the American South present in many of the Uncle Remus stories is replaced by a timeless mixture of fable and humor. The volume is illustrated by the well-known artist Jerry Pinkney (b. 1939). Lester included 48 tales in The Tales of Uncle Remus: The Adventures of Brer Rabbit; this study guide summarizes each tale and focuses in depth on 12 of the best-known stories.
The stories are told mostly by a third-person narrator, occasionally switching to first person and a direct address to a second person, you.
The stories are narrated in the past tense, but in the dialect voice the present tense is often used.
Julius Lester retold the original stories by Joel Chandler Harris. However, Lester omitted the narrative character Uncle Remus. He kept Harris's name for the collection and limited the tales to those involving Brer Rabbit.
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