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Joel Chandler Harris

Joel Chandler HarrisBorn: 9-Dec-1848
Birthplace: Eatonton, GA
Died: 3-Jul-1908
Location of death: Atlanta, GA
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Westview Cemetery, Atlanta, GA

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Novelist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Uncle Remus

American author, born in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia, on the 8th of December 1848. He started as an apprentice to the printer's trade in the office of the Countryman, a weekly paper published on a plantation not far from his home. He then studied law, and practiced for a short time in Forsyth, Georgia, but soon took to journalism. He joined the staff of the Savannah Daily News in 1871, and in 1876 that of the Atlanta Constitution, of which he was an editor from 1890 to 1901, and in this capacity did much to further the cause of the New South. But his most distinctive contribution to this paper, and to American literature, consisted of his dialect pieces dealing with negro life and folklore. His stories are characterized by quaint humor, poetic feeling and homely philosophy; and "Uncle Remus", the principal character of most of them, is a remarkably vivid and real creation. The first collection of his stories was published in 1880 as Uncle Remus: his Songs and his Sayings. Numerous works followed, including some intended for juveniles. His On the Plantation (1892) is partly autobiographical. Harris died in Atlanta on the 3rd of July 1908. His work forms the basis of the Walt Disney film, Song of the South (1946).

Wife: Esther LaRose (m. 1873, until his death)

    The Atlanta Constitution 1876-, Editor 1890-1901
    Uncle Remus's Magazine Founder (1907-13)

Author of books:
Uncle Remis: His Songs and his Sayings (1881)
Nights with Uncle Remus (1883)
Mingo and Other Sketches in Black and White (1884)
Free Joe (1887)
Daddy Jake the Runaway (1889)
Balaam and his Master (1891)
On the Plantation (1892)
Uncle Remus and his Friends (1892)
Little Mr. Thimblefinger and his Queer Country (1894)
Mr. Rabbit at Home (1895)
Sister Jane (1896)
Stories of Georgia (1896)
The Story of Aaron (1896)
Aaron of the Wildwoods (1897)
Tales of the Home Folks in Peace and War (1898)
Plantation Pageants (1899)
The Chronicles of Aunt Minervy Ann (1899)
On the Wing of Occasions (1900)
Gabriel Tolliver (1902)
The Making of a Statesman (1902)
Wally Wanderoon and his Story-Telling Machine (1903)
A Little Union Scout (1904)
The Tar-Baby and Other Rhymes of Uncle Remus (1904)
Told by Uncle Remus: New Stories of the Old Plantations (1905)
Uncle Remus and Br'er Rabbit (1907)
The Bishop and the Boogerman (1909)
The Shadow Between his Shoulder-Blades (1909)
Uncle Remus and the Little Boy (1910)
Uncle Remus Returns (1918)
The Witch Wolf (1921)


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