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Alias Simon Suggs, Alias Simon Suggs, 0817353623, 0-8173-5362-3, 978-0-8173-5362-9, 9780817353629, , , Alias Simon Suggs, 081738197X, 0-8173-8197-X, 978-0-8173-8197-4, 9780817381974,

Alias Simon Suggs
The Life and Times of Johnson Jones Hooper
William Stanley Hoole

Quality Paper
2006. 306 pp.
illus.
978-0-8173-5362-9
Price:  $34.95 s
E Book
2008. 306 pp.
2
978-0-8173-8197-4
Price:  $34.95 d

A study of realism and folk literature and of the sources and techniques of storytelling

Alias Simon Suggs is a study in the life and writings of Johnson J. Hooper of Alabama, and is a masterful contribution to American biography and to American literature.
 
Extensively documented with illuminating footnotes and revealing references, its style is direct and captivating and will appeal to those who enjoy entertaining biography will relish the privilege of reading it.
Author, educator, and librarian William S, Hoole (1903-1990) dedicated his life to libraries and education. Trained as an educator, Hoole soon found himself in the role of librarian at The University of Alabama and oversaw widespread improvements in its library system. In addition, he was a founding member of the Alabama Historical Association and editor of its journal, The Alabama Review, from 1948 to 1967.

During the course of his career, Hoole produced more than 50 books, more than 100 articles, and hundreds of book reviews in more than 20 scholarly and professional journals and popular magazines.
 
“When these words were written everybody had read or heard of Simon Suggs, the shifty man whose antics had been recorded in many a gusty tale of Alabama frontier life which had drawn laughter and applause from newspaper readers throughout the United States. And everybody, at least in Alabama in the 1850s, knew something about his creator, Johnson Jones Hooper. . . . The immortal Suggs, his alter ego, has kept his name alive and renewed its luster, in a biography that deserves almost unqualified praise. Dr. Hoole’s Alias Simon Suggs is a noteworthy achievement. . . . A milestone in contemporary Alabama scholarship, it will become a standard reference work on the literary and political scene [and] as a distinguished piece of biographical writing, skillfully organized and deftly presented.”
Alabama Review
 
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