NEW YORK FOLKLORE QUARTERLY
Vol. XX, No. 4, December, 1964
THE FOLKLORE SCENE
“THE MAN WHO MADE THE SONGS”
Two recent works on Northeast folklore—one a study in folk
poetry and the other a novel of Iroquois gods and heroes—are notable
for the imaginative treatment as well as the imaginative quality
of their material.
In Larry Gorman, The Man Who Made the Songs, Edward D. Ives,
of the University of Maine, has produced a fascinating study of the
life and work of a folk poet of Maine and the Maritimes, in line with
the new biographical trend in folksong studies. (E.g., Ellen Stekert’s
work in progress on the New York ex-lumberjack, Ezra Barheit, and
Archie Green’s bio-bibliography of Aunt Molly Jackson.)
The book proceeds on three levels: (1) the story of the man and
his legend, in seven biographical and five critical chapters; (2) the
story of each song, in the context ot the place and circumstances of its
writing; (3) the light shed by Gorman’s career on such questions as
what is a folk poet and the relation of an individual song-writer’s productions
to oral tradition and folksong origins. The biographical
framework of the quest for Larry Gorman is the basis of a personal
narrative relating the author’s quest for the songs; and the data are
enlivened by the use of anecdotes which are the stuff of the songs and
the quest. The result is something new and fresh that promises well
for the new generation of folksong scholars....
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