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"Winner of the North Carolina Society of Historians Award Jane Hicks Gentry lived her entire life in the remote, mountainous northwest corner of North Carolina and was descended from old Appalachian families in which singing and storytelling were part of everyday life. Gentry took this tradition to heart, and her legacy includes ballads, songs, stories, and riddles. Smith provides a full biography of this vibrant woman and the tradition into which she was born, presenting seventy of Gentry's songs and fifteen of the "Jack" tales she learned from her grandfather. When Englishman Cecil Sharp traveled through the South gathering material for his famous English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians, his most generous informant was Jane Hicks Gentry. But despite her importance in Sharp's collection, Gentry has remained only a name on his pages. Now Betty Smith, herself a folksinger, brings to life this remarkable artist and her songs and tales.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Frontispiece, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Foreword
  2. Cecelia Conway
  3. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. Part I: Meet Jane Hicks Gentry
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. 1. An Introduction
  2. pp. 3-9
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  1. 2. The Hickses and the Harmons
  2. pp. 10-21
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  1. 3. From Watauga to Madison
  2. pp. 22-30
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  1. 4. Plantin' and Hoein' on Meadow Fork
  2. pp. 31-39
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  1. 5. Moving to Town
  2. pp. 40-49
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  1. 6. The Writer Meets the Storyteller
  2. pp. 50-55
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  1. 7. Old Counce, Jane, and the Jack Tales
  2. pp. 56-64
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  1. 8. Balladry
  2. pp. 65-73
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  1. 9. The Songs She Sang
  2. pp. 74-83
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  1. 10. Riddles and Rhymes
  2. pp. 84-91
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  1. 11. Time Passes
  2. pp. 92-98
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  1. 12. Epilogue
  2. pp. 99-104
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  1. Part II: Jane Hicks Gentry's Jack Tales
  2. pp. 105-134
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  1. Part III: Jane Hicks Gentry's Songs
  2. pp. 135-138
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  1. A note on the Song Transcriptions John Forbes
  2. pp. 139-198
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  1. Appendix A: Song Listings in the Sharp and Bronson Collections
  2. pp. 199-201
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  1. Appendix B: Discography of Maud Gentry Long
  2. p. 202
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 203-210
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 211-214
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 215-226
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  1. Illustrations
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813148359
Related ISBN(s)
9780813109367, 9780813131382, 9780813184081
MARC Record
OCLC
681442008
Pages
240
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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