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Excerpt from The Life of Joel Chandler Harris: From Obscurity in Boyhood to Fame in Early Manhood, With Short Stories and Other Early Literary Work Not Heretofore Published in Book FormOpportunity to contribute to the knowledge of Joel ChandlerMoreExcerpt from The Life of Joel Chandler Harris: From Obscurity in Boyhood to Fame in Early Manhood, With Short Stories and Other Early Literary Work Not Heretofore Published in Book FormOpportunity to contribute to the knowledge of Joel Chandler Harris came to the author, a native of Georgia, while he was living in the city of Atlanta. The Sign of the Wrens Nest was thrown open to him by Mrs. Harris just as she began setting things in order for the approaching occupancy of the home by the Uncle Remus Memorial Association. She generously laid before him Mr. Harriss boyhood scrapbooks, an invaluable file of The Countryman, letters, pertinent clippings, etc., and through leisurely conversation from day to day afforded such illumination on the life and character of her husband as could come from no other source. Further researches were made in Eaton-ton, Forsyth, Savannah, and Atlanta, in each of which places were still living those who had known Harris in his boyhood or young manhood previous to the publication of Uncle Remus and were glad to give facts that might be got only from their memories. Especial mention must be made of Mrs. George Starke, whose reminiscences were strengthened by letters that she has permitted to be used. The most valuable documentary sources of information were the files of The Countryman and the Atlanta Constitution, which were diligently searched page by page, the former exhaustively and the latter from the year of Harriss first association with the paper down to 1881.The author is under particular obligation to Professor W. P. Trent, of Columbia University, who read the manuscript of this work and gave scholarly advice. He is also indebted to Professor James Hinton, of Emory University, for kindly criticisms and suggestions.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.