Academic journal article Voices: The Journal of New York Folklore

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Academic journal article Voices: The Journal of New York Folklore

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The New York Folklore Society has a long history of publishing, both in journal form and book-length manuscripts. As stated by the editor of New York Folklore Quarterly, Harold Thompson, on the occasion of the 10-year anniversary of the New York Folklore Society (New York Folklore Quarterly, Spring 1954), "If I understand the first Editor's purpose, he [the first editor, Louis S. Jones], wished to acknowledge the fact that folklore is still in the age of collecting.... To be sure, the principal aim was to make all the pieces interesting to those who were not specialists in the so-called 'science' of folklore...." An additional aim, as stated by Harold Thompson, was that the journal would publish "good writing."

The New York Folklore Society has continued this tradition of good writing, continuing to publish the journal (now Voices: The Journal of New York Folklore), as well as book-length edited collections such as Island Sounds in the Global City (University of Illinois Press, 1998) and I Walked the Road Again: Great Stories from the Catskill Mountains (Purple Mountain Press, 1994). The newest volume, soon to be released by the New York Folklore Society, is an edited volume of articles chosen by Elizabeth Tucker and Ellen McHale. The New York State Folklife Reader, soon to be published by the University of Mississippi Press, will be available for purchase beginning in October 2013. This edited volume presents some of the best writing about the folklore and folklife of New York State, as gleaned from Voices: The Journal of New York Folklore. Designed to be relevant for the classroom, it is also a great book for one's personal bookshelf. …

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