Lyrics & Knowledge Personal Pages Record Shop Auction Links Radio & Media Kids Membership Help
The Mudcat Cafesj

Post to this Thread - Sort Ascending - Printer Friendly - Home

Folklore: New book on Tom Dooley+


Related threads:
History: Tom Dooley didn't kill Laura Foster?!? (96)
Tom Dula: The Full Story (10)
(origins) Lyr/Chords/Tune Req: Tom Dooley (Kingston Trio) (23)
(origins) Origins: Tom Dooley (46)
Tom Dooley (from Kingston Trio) (7)
song Tom Dooley (21)
info request: grayson was a gink (1)
Lyr/Chords Req: tom dooley by doc watson (5)

Desert Dancer 02 Dec 11 - 01:37 PM
Greg F. 23 Jul 11 - 11:07 AM
The Sandman 23 Jul 11 - 10:48 AM
GUEST,Hootenanny 23 Jul 11 - 10:02 AM
GUEST,Cindy Funk 23 Jul 11 - 09:41 AM
Share Thread
Lyrics & Knowledge Search [Advanced]
DT  Forum
Sort (Forum) by:relevance date
DT Lyrics:

Subject: RE: Folklore: New book on Tom Dooley+
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 02 Dec 11 - 01:37 PM

Saw this book in the bookstore yesterday, so I thought I'd post a note. I'm a little sorry to refresh this particular thread, but...

Sharyn McCrumb has developed a specialty of writing novels based on Appalachian ballads and folksongs. This song happens to be based on a historical event, so she has done her research and written a historical novel - a fictional book enlarging on the collected facts with imagined detail.

Granted, the original poster was indeed indulging in a bit of publishers' hype. We should acknowledge here that there are hazards for anyone drawing conclusions on events where the known facts are limited.

More on Sharyn McCrumb and her ballad novel series, as well as other work, at her web site

Her page on this book, The Ballad of Tom Dooley

A review of the book at WNC from western North Carolina.

The Amazon page for the book, including not-uniformly-positive reader reviews

Google search results for "Sharyn McCrumb" at

~ Becky in Long Beach
In search of more light, less noise.

Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Folklore: New book on Tom Dooley+
From: Greg F.
Date: 23 Jul 11 - 11:07 AM

Fact, fiction - what difference does it make in the U.S. today?

Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Folklore: New book on Tom Dooley+
From: The Sandman
Date: 23 Jul 11 - 10:48 AM

But we know the true story.
Tom Dooley was innocent, a woman[ann melton?] committed the murder, Tom Dooley and Sheriff Grayson were accomplices after the fact.

Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Folklore: New book on Tom Dooley+
From: GUEST,Hootenanny
Date: 23 Jul 11 - 10:02 AM

Having enjoyed Sharyn McCrumb's earlier novels I thought this might be of interest. However,if in fact the true story is revealed why does the cover on the book call it a novel? Novel according my dictionary is "a long fictitious story in book form".
This just looks like another piece of hype by the publishers. Perhaps Ms McCrumb could emlighten us. Is it fact or fiction?


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: Folklore: New book on Tom Dooley+
From: GUEST,Cindy Funk
Date: 23 Jul 11 - 09:41 AM

So, you've been singing Tom Dooley your whole life and thought you knew the someone has done the research....and the true story is revealed. Celebrated novelist Sharyn McCrumb has had this story in her head for years, and now it's ready... Sharyn is known for her Ballad Novels, where she uses traditional music to enhance and illustrate the stories. Now with this new book, the song, and the history behind it, IS the story!

Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate
  Share Thread:

Reply to Thread
Subject:  Help
Preview   Automatic Linebreaks   Make a link ("blue clicky")

Mudcat time: 10 July 9:54 AM EDT

[ Home ]

All original material is copyright © 1998 by the Mudcat Café Music Foundation, Inc. All photos, music, images, etc. are copyright © by their rightful owners. Every effort is taken to attribute appropriate copyright to images, content, music, etc. We are not a copyright resource.