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Available: Legman Autobiography

Lighter 18 Aug 17 - 06:31 PM
Stilly River Sage 19 Aug 17 - 12:34 AM
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Lighter 19 Aug 17 - 10:39 AM
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Subject: Folklore: Legman Autobiography
From: Lighter
Date: 18 Aug 17 - 06:31 PM

Many of us are familiar with the work of Gershon Legman (1917-1999), literary and social critic of bawdy tales and folklore.

Turns out that his widow, Judith, has been editing his humungous autobiography, which now runs to four humungous volumes, with more to come.

And you can get them at Amazon.com:

https://www.amazon.com/Love-You-Really-Part-One/dp/1530187729/ref=pd_bxgy_14_3?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=1530187729&pd_rd_r=9FPQMXY

Anybody who's enjoyed Legman's vast and colorfully discursive Freudian analyses of dirty jokes (and his two humungous collections of limericks) will know what to expect.

Legman was also compiling a (need I say humungous?) anthology and analysis of bawdy songs since the Middle Ages. One hopes that Judith can get that done too.


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Subject: RE: Available: Legman Autobiography
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 19 Aug 17 - 12:34 AM

Thanks for sharing this!


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Subject: RE: Available: Legman Autobiography
From: Joe Offer
Date: 19 Aug 17 - 12:53 AM

Vance Randolph died in 1980. Gershon Legman died in 1999. Legman edited Roll Me in Your Arms and Blow the Candle Out, two volumes of bawdy songs and lore collected by Vance Randolph (both published in 1992), and that will make many of us think of Randolph and Legman in one thought.

But did Randolph and Legman work together at all? How and when did Legman acquire the songs that Randolph collected?

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Available: Legman Autobiography
From: Lighter
Date: 19 Aug 17 - 10:39 AM

Randolph collected bawdy songs, right along with collecting polite ones (and often from the same informants), between 1920 and 1954.

The publisher of "Ozark Folk Songs" absolutely refused to publish any bawdy material.

At some point, I think in the '50s, Randolph turned the bawdy material over to Legman, as the only scholar with the ability to edit the material intelligently and the nerve to publish it.

It still took almost forty years.


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Subject: RE: Available: Legman Autobiography
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 20 Aug 17 - 01:22 PM

I wonder if Legman's autobiography includes the 'cooking oli' crisis
Friends visited his home (a Knight Templar's Palace) to find it crammed full of containers of cooking oil- he had been told that there was to be a shortage and had taken steps to make sure he wasn't effected.
We wrote to him once to obtain a copy of his 'No Laughing Matter' book ("Dirty" Dirty Jokes) which was widely unavailable in the UK
He kindly wrote back giving is an address in Soho, London, slap in the middle of the red light area
The shop was the only one that would handle it -along with the lavishly illustrated 'Rude Food' and 'Rude Wine' publications.
A couple of lesser known of Legman's works are an extensive essay on censorship entitled 'Love and Death' and a scathing analysis of the 'Swinging Sixties', 'The Fake Revolt'.
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: Available: Legman Autobiography
From: Thomas Stern
Date: 18 Sep 17 - 08:53 PM

Thanks for the heads up on the autobiography.

interesting obit Friday 26 March 1999 INDEPENDENT:
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/obituary-gershon-legman-1083016.html

many other sites (google Gershon Legman)

the following lists his publications:
https://wikivisually.com/wiki/Gershon_Legman

Thomas.


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