Folktales and Legends of the Middle West: A Selected Bibliography

June 28th, 2018

In Folktales and Legends of the Middle West, Edward McClelland collects these stories and more. Readers will learn the sea shanties of the Great Lakes sailors and the spirituals of the slaves following the North Star across the Ohio River, and be frightened by tales of the Lake Erie Monster and Wisconsin’s dangerous Hodag. A history of the region as told through its folklore, music, and legends, this is a book every Midwestern family should own. Edward will discuss Folktales and Legends of the Middle West on Thursday, 7/5, 6pm at 57th Street Books.


The Algic Researches, by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft - Source for the Nanabozho story.

Plains Indian Mythology, by Alice Marriott and Carol K. Rechlin - Includes Coyote stories.

The Voyageur, by Grace Lee Nute - Describes the lifestyle of the French Canadian paddlers.

Febold Feboldson, Tales from the Great Plains, by Paul R. Beath.

Paul Bunyan, by Esther Shepard - With beautiful illustrations by Rockwell Kent.

Long Live the Hodag! The Life and Legacy of Eugene Simeon Shepard, by Kurt Daniel Kortenhof - A biography of the man who "captured" a hodag.

The Long Ships Passing: The Story of the Great Lakes, by Walter Havighurst - All sorts of maritime lore from a great historian of the Middle West.

Chicago Haunts: Ghostlore of the Windy City, by Ursula Bielski - Includes the Resurrection Mary story.


About the author: Edward McClelland is the author of Folktales and Legends of the Middle West and How to Speak Midwestern. A native of Lansing, Michigan, he has resided in Illinois for the past 25 years. Ted is a former Chicago Reader staff writer, and his writing has recently appeared in BeltThe New York TimesCityLab and OneIllinois

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