The James Madison Carpenter Collection

Launching in Spring 2018, this multi-volume series will organize, present, and interpret the original materials from one of the most significant collections of ballads, songs, and folk drama (mummers' plays) made in Britain, and songs and tales from the US. The collection was created in the late 1920s to the early 1940s by James Madison Carpenter, a Mississippi native who earned his doctorate under George Lyman Kittredge at Harvard. This is the first time the collection has appeared in print. A UK and US team representing the best of folk music and drama scholarship is creating the edition, which is intended to stimulate the use of this neglected gem among a broad audience, including scholars, performers, enthusiasts, and the interested public, including contributor descendants and local communities. Learn more at the The James Madison Carpenter Collection Project website homepage http://www.abdn.ac.uk/elphinstone/carpenter/

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Happy November! As the holidays draw near, we hope books are on your list to give! That’s why, in honor of #GivingTuesday, we’ll be donating one book to Big House Books for every book purchased from our website this month. Big House Books is a non-profit, volunteer organization that sends free books by request to prisoners in Mississippi correctional facilities in order to promote

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