Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1968. Clothbound edition. Hardcover. x, , 316,  pages. Illustrations. Footnotes. Bibliography. Index. Small tear at rep at bottom of page. This is one of the University of Pennsylvania Publications in Forklore and Folklife series. Henry Glassie, (born 24 March 1941) College Professor Emeritus at Indiana University Bloomington, has done fieldwork on five continents and written books on the full range of folkloristic interest, from drama, song, and story to craft, art, and architecture. Three of his books -- Passing the Time in Ballymenone. The Spirit of Folk Art, and Turkish Traditional Art Today -- were named among the "Notable Books of the Year" by The New York Times. Glassie has won many awards for his work, including the Charles Homer Haskins Prize of the American Council of Learned Societies for a distinguished career of humanistic scholarship. A film on his work, directed by Pat Collins and titled Henry Glassie: Field Work, had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2019. He published his first scholarly paper, an article on the Appalachian log cabin, in 1963. Since then, he has published over 100 articles and a steady stream of books. Glassie has served as president of the American Folklore Society, the Vernacular Architecture Forum, and his local historic preservation organization, Bloomington Restorations Incorporated. What is folk culture? What distinguishes true folk creations from the cultural hybrids of commerce and popular innovation? To clarify this muddled situation and to provide clear standards and visual examples for the study and appreciation of a broad range of objects, Henry Glassie has written this detailed examination of material folk culture in the United States. He isolates American material culture that segment of our culture that embodies the people's plans, methods, and reasons for producing things that can be seen and touched and discusses methods for determining whether an object is truly folk, as opposed, say, to merely popular, by examining its form, construction, and use. The book represents the first attempt to compare different kinds of material folk culture, including architecture, tools, and cookery, to detect common patterns and, in doing so, challenges conventional views of both folk culture and American culture. The concepts and examples in this work result primarily from fieldwork. Many of the figures present unassimilated bits of this work; they are captions with place and date of collection. The text includes parenthetical references to this data and a synthesis of the impressions brought in from the field. The footnotes are more designed so that they provide a loose bibliographical essay. Condition: Very good / Very good.
Keywords: Folk Culture, Folklore, Patterns Agricultural, Physical Environment, Immigrant, American Indian, Urban Folk, Implements, Crafts, Construction, Folklife, Lean-to, Farmhouse, Barn, Transportation, Design, Art, Heritage