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May Justus and Richard Chase

May Justus and Richard Chase

Richard Chase and May Justus may seem like very different figures in the history of children’s literature. The Jack Tales by Chase, published in 1943, was named a Touchstone of children’s literature by ChLA in the 1980s and is still among the most popular folktale collections in North America. His tales from several collections are often reprinted and cited as an influence in current oral and written retellings of American folktales. He was an eccentric self-promoter who made countless appearances around the country as a storyteller, festival organizer, and lecturer, eager to revive the practice of British-American folk arts. May Justus is much less famous, even among children’s literature enthusiasts, as her books are out of print and she had a quieter life as a rural teacher in the Smoky... Show More


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