KNOXVILLE, TN -- The Tennessee Folklore Society has announced the publication of A Tennessee Folklore Sampler: Selected Readings from the Tennessee Folklore Society Bulletin, 1935 -2009, issued October 15, 2009.
Edited by Society members Ted Olson and Anthony P. Cavender, A Tennessee Folklore Sampler is a rich selection of work published over the course of the Society's 75-year history.
The book is divided into 10 parts, with articles exploring specific topics in various categories of traditional arts and culture, including material culture, medicine, beliefs and practices, customs, play and recreation lore, speech, legends, ballad and song, instrumental traditions and music collecting, and folk communities. The sampled writings present collectanea, accounts, and interpretations of folklife as observed over the years within all parts of the state and reported by noted scholars and lay enthusiasts alike.
The anthology is the first of its kind to present an overview of Tennessee folklore materials, and it is an excellent resource for classroom use, libraries, and students of Tennesseana.
A Tennessee Folklore Sampler is published by the University of Tennessee Press, with all royalties from the sale of the book going to the Tennessee Folklore Society.