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 Joel Chandler Harris

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Joel Chandler Harris

Birth
Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia, USA
Death 3 Jul 1908 (aged 59)
Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, USA
Burial Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, USA
Memorial ID 6819403 View Source
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Author, Journalist. He is known best for his “Uncle Remus” animal stories about ‘Brer' (Brother)Rabbit’, ‘Brer Fox’, ‘Brer Bear’ and ‘Brer Wolf’. Born a poor and illegitimate child in Eatonton, Georgia, he was a virtual recluse who had a gift for humor and dialect. From 1862 to 1866 he worked as a printer on a plantation in Eatonton. While there Harris became acquainted with the slaves on the plantation, learning their customs and language and listening to their stories. This material later formed the basis of his most successful writings. From 1876 to 1900 he worked as a journalist for the Atlanta “Constitution”, where he would first publish his tales. Intending his work to be a serious anthology of the old slave stories, after the stories became popular, he published “Uncle Remus: His Songs and His Sayings” (1880), “Uncle Remus and His Friends” (1892) and “Uncle Remus and Brer Rabbit” (1906), all of which became very popular with the young and adults all over the world. He died peacefully at his Atlanta home, the “Wrenn's Nest” in 1908. In his lifetime Joel Chandler Harris wrote 30 books.


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  • Originally Created by: Curtis Jackson
  • Added: 3 Oct 2002
  • Find a Grave Memorial 6819403
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/6819403/joel-chandler-harris : accessed ), memorial page for Joel Chandler Harris (9 Dec 1848–3 Jul 1908), Find a Grave Memorial ID 6819403, citing Westview Cemetery, Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .