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The Doctor to the Dead
Grotesque Legends and Folk Tales of Old Charleston

John Bennett

Twice-told tales about historic Charleston and its African-American community

"You ask for a story. I will tell you one, fact for fact and true for true…." So begins "Crook-Neck Dick," one of twenty-three stories in this beguiling collection of Charleston lore. Derived from African-American legends, these fables have entertained generations of Charlestonians with sheer storytelling magic.

To the delight of folklorists, students of Charleston history, and all those who love a good ghost story, this treasury returns to print in a new edition featuring previously unpublished photos of the storytellers who shared these remarkable stories with John Bennett.

John Bennett (1865–1956) was a novelist, artist, essayist, and poet of international acclaim who played a fundamental role in Charleston's cultural renaissance. His other books include the beloved children's story Master Skylark and The Treasure of Peyre Gaillard.



book jacket for The Doctor to the Dead


5 x 7 ½
290 pages
8 illustrations
ISBN 978-1-57003-040-6
paperback, $15.95t

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