"A model memoir—insightful, well-written, and endlessly fascinating for the rich details it yields about places as diverse as Brooklyn and the East Village, India and Indiana University, Baton Rouge and New Orleans, and Mexico." — James Deutsch
In recent years, there has been a growing awareness of the value of personal narratives in enlightening us about our lives and our world. We all live with legends, family sagas, and anecdotes that shape our selves and give meaning to our recollections.
Featuring an array of colorful personal stories from Frank de Caro's life and years of field research as a folklorist, Stories of Our Lives is part memoir and part exploration of how the stories we tell, listen to, and learn play an integral role in shaping our sense of self.
Frank de Caro is a folklorist and professor emeritus of English at Louisiana State University. He is particularly interested in folklore as providing important roots for American culture and in how stories, especially orally told ones, satisfy our human need for expression. He received his PhD in folklore from Indiana University, and between 1970 and 2001 he taught in both the English and Anthropology Departments at LSU, including a number of folklore courses. He was long active in the Louisiana Folklore Society, serving as its president and editing its Louisiana Folklore Miscellany. His other books include Louisiana Sojourns: Travelers' Tales and Literary Journeys (1998, with Rosan A. Jordan), which received the Louisiana Humanities Book Award; An Anthology of American Folktales and Legends (2008); The Folklore Muse: Poetry, Fiction, and Other Reflections by Folklorists (2008); and Folklore Recycled: Old Traditions in New Contexts (2013).
Location: Street: 513 Octavia St City: New Orleans, Province: Louisiana Postal Code: 70115-2055 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)