The Storytellers' Journey: An American Revival

Daniel Joseph Sobol

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Drawing on interviews with dozens of storytellers around the country, Sobol paints the revival as part of a larger process of cultural revitalization. He traces the growth of the preeminent revival organization, the National Association for the Preservation and Perpetuation of Storytelling (NAPPS), and details the individual passions, the organizational politics, and the economic, social, and mythic forces that have combined to transform a ragtag assemblage of enthusiasts into a national and international network of arts professionals.

A seemingly chance encounter between a restlessly ambitious high school teacher and a coonhunting tale on the car radio sets off a chain of inspirations that changes the face of a small southern town, touches lives across America, and revitalizes a homely but treasured art form.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationChampaign, Ill
PublisherUniversity of Illinois Press
Number of pages288
ISBN (Print)978-0-252-06746-4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1999


  • storytelling
  • contemporary myth
  • storyteller
  • culture
  • folklore
  • mythology
  • National Association for the Preservation and Perpetuation of Storytelling
  • United States of America


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