It's been more than a hundred years since the publication of the first Uncle Remus book, and it was in 1955 that all of the delightful and inimitable tales of Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox, Brer Bear, and Brer Wolf were gathered together in one volume. All of the animal tales from eight books are here, along with the illustrations which originally accompanied them.
Hornbook Guide to Children (01/01/2003):
A mammoth volume contains the complete texts and original illustrations of all eight Uncle Remus books, originally published in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. Though this collection of animal tales has its share of problems, including racial stereotypes and off-putting dialect, it will still be of use to those with a historical interest in folklore and children's books. Glos. (Copyright 2003 by The Horn Book, Incorporated, Boston. All rights reserved.)
Publishers Weekly (05/27/2002):
Brer Rabbit and friends return in The Complete Tales of Uncle Remus by Joel Chandler Harris. Originally issued in 1955 and compiled by folklorist Richard Chase, the collection includes all the original stories (the first of which appeared in 1880), b&w artwork and glossary. Barbara McClintock provides updated jacket art. (May) Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information.
"These stories are as American as the stars and stripes, even though they have some of their origins in Africa." Saturday Review
After the first book appeared in 1880, Joel Chandler Harris was deluged with letters from readers all over the country asking for more stories of Brer Rabbit and his friends--so for the remaining years of his life he collected and wrote them. Richard Chase, noted folklorist and author of Jack Tales and Grandfather Tales, compiled and edited the volume after Harris's death, and his occasional footnotes and word definitions contribute to our understanding of the dialect. Chase's belief in the importance of folktales and Harris's work is summed up in his foreword: "These tales grew up in the soil of our nation. They came from the soul of a people. They endure."