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Definition: Biography of Joel Chandler Harris from The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide

Biography of the US folklorist. It traces the role of Chandler in introducing the patterns and rhythms of southern African-American speech into US literature through the medium of the character Uncle Remus. With his adroit ear for the subtleties of dialect, Chandler is compared with Aesop and Chaucer.


Harris, Joel Chandler

Summary Article: Harris, Joel Chandler
From Britannica Concise Encyclopedia

(born Dec. 9, 1848, Eatonton, Ga., U.S.—died July 3, 1908, Atlanta, Ga.) U.S. writer. He became known as a humorist in his pieces for various newspapers, including (1876–1900) the Atlanta Constitution. He created a vogue for a distinct type of dialect literature with “Tar-Baby” (1879) and later stories that drew on folklore and featured the character Uncle Remus, a wise, genial old black man who weaves his philosophy of life into tales about Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox, and other animals.

Birth Place: Eatonton, Georgia, United States

Death Place: Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Name: Harris, Joel Chandler or Joel Chandler Harris

Gender: male

Nationality: American

Activity: American author

Keywords: American, “Mingo, and Other Sketches in Black and White”, “Aaron in the Wildwoods”, local colour, “Uncle Remus: His Songs and His Sayings”, short story, “Story of Aaron, The ”, Brer Rabbit, Georgia, autobiography, “Free Joe and Other Georgian Sketches”, Atlanta, “Uncle Remus’s Magazine”, “Gabriel Tolliver”, Harris, Joel Chandler, geographic dialect, Brer Fox, children’s literature, trickster tale, American literature, “Sister Jane, Her Friends and Acquaintances”, Joel Chandler Harris, Eatonton, magazine, “On the Plantation”, “Little Mr. Thimblefinger and His Queer Country”

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