The Proper Book of Sexual Folklore

The Proper Book of Sexual Folklore

The Proper Book of Sexual Folklore

The Proper Book of Sexual Folklore

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What follows is really an extended essay. But whatever it is, I think of it as "proper"--something a decently brought up young chap might give to his mother to read although he might well refuse to read it to her aloud.

Consequently, I have taken the liberty of rewriting or retelling nearly all of the stories, songs, jokes, and the like that appear. A lot of it has to do with "pace" and "taste"--as I, the essayist, define pace or taste. Scholars who are troubled by such urbanities can easily ferret out the original forms of the selections by referring to well-known guides like my own An Analytical Index to the "Journal of American Folklore" (Philadelphia, 1958) and G. Malcolm Laws Jr. American Balladry from British Broadsides (Philadelphia, 1957); as well as to the publications mentioned in passing in the text, particularly the Memoir Series of the American Folklore Society and my Indian Tales of North America (Philadelphia, 1961). Suffice me to say that, with a few exceptions, the examples used in this work are not "field collected"; on the other hand, all are faithful to field materials and need no apology. The exceptions are the song, "While Strolling Through Norfolk," which is reproduced exactly and with permission from Horace P. BeckUniversity of Pennsylvania . . .

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