Saturday, May 21, 2011

Happy Birthday, Manly

manly wade wellmanToday in Kamundongo, Angola, in 1903, Manly Wade Wellman was born (his father was a medical officer). My first book of his was one of his Civil War YA novels (Ghost Battalion), but I quickly fell in love with the John the Balladeer stories. Exquisite writing, and about my homeland - how could I not?

John the BalladeerKarl Edward Wagner says, "There hadn't been anything like the John stories at that time, and there hasn't been since. No one but Manly Wade Wellman could have written these stories. Here his vivid imagination merged with authentic Southern folklore and a heartfelt love of the South and its people. Just as J. R. R. Tolkien brilliantly created a modern British myth cycle, so did Manly Wade Wellman give to us an imaginary world of purely American fact, fantasy, and song."

If you don't know John and his stories, try one - I don't think you'll be disappointed.

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At 10:54 PM, May 27, 2011 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

Wait minute! You were born in Angola??? Thereby must hang a fascinating tale...

Fala português?

At 3:51 PM, May 28, 2011 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...

Sorry for the confusion. Wellman doesn't write about Angola. The John stories are all set in Appalachia.


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