WITCH IN THE MILL. Richmond, Virginia: The Dietz Press, Incorporated, 1947. Octavo, pp. [i-vi] vii-ix [x] xi [xii] xiii-xvii [xviii] xix [1-3] 4-118, cut-paper illustrations by the author, original pictorial gray cloth, front and spine panels stamped in black. First edition. Seven stories based on tales told to Peel while hunting folk songs in remote regions of the Virginia highlands. "Peel began collecting folk music and ballads in 1911 ... She collected an estimated 2500 ballads and pieces of folk literature during her more than twenty-five years of research. Many of these ballads were unique finds in Virginia and the larger United States and confirmed ties between old English and Scottish ballads and the immigrants who settled in the Mountains ... In her later years, Peel focused a great deal on the folklore she had acquired during her career. Decades of collecting ballads and folklore led to the publication of WITCH IN THE MILL (1947), a collection of short folk stories. Shortly after WITCH IN THE MILL was published it caught the eye of Carl Sandburg ... Sandburg published a collection of folk songs in his book NEW AMERICAN SONGBAG, which drew on folklore from around the nation including Appalachia. It has been said that Sandburg proclaimed to Alfreda Peel: 'It is the work of people like yourself that made possible the publication of my book ...' Whether or not this statement is true, Alfreda Peel’s influence on the field of folklore and ballad collecting cannot be underestimated." - Amanda Meadows Phillips, Monographics Specialist, McConnell Library, Radford University. A fine copy in very good dust jacket with light wear at edges. (#164750).
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