Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Joel Chandler Harris
I buy a lot of my books from the Franklin County Library, which always has good prices on the culls from its shelves. Yesterday, I was browsing the culled books in the children's room when I spotted the 1941 edition of Alvin F. Harlow's Joel Chandler Harris (Uncle Remus): Plantation Storyteller.
The book was pretty well worn and was missing its jacket. But you can't judge a book by its cover, right? Inside the front cover was pasted some info about the author—no doubt clipped from the original jacket. Also there were some charming drawings by illustrator W.C. Nims.
The next page contained info about the book, again clipped from the original jacket.
A page turn revealed a picture of Joel Chandler Harris himself.
The book contained several illustrations by W.C. Nims.
While this book was in the children's room, its reading level and content seems much more suited for adult readers. At least this adult will enjoy it. I—and many of my generation—enjoyed the Uncle Remus stories when we were kids. Now I can enjoy reading about their collector.
I paid 25¢. Did I get my money's worth? I think I did.