A Treasury of Afro-American Folklore

by Harold Courlander.. Crown, $14.95; $5.95 paper. Mr. Courlander’s assemblage of tales, jokes, poems, songs (with music), and rituals from North and South America shows both the stubborn survival of African myth in the New World and the absorption and adaptation of European material. Certain plots and characters recur, with extensive and engaging variations, wherever Africans were settled, and following these motifs is only one of the many charms of prowling through the collection. Illustrations, index, bibliography, appendices.