Three unusual & collectible Louise Anderson items, all published by NC Wesleyan College Press in commemoration of events involving the noted storyteller.
$10 for all 3
The ‘Possum and the Snake & The Walk-off People
8 pp, 1993, 11″ x 4.25″, softbound, light purple binding, stapled.
1000 copies were printed in celebration of Ms. Anderson’s receiving the NC Folk Heritage Award, 10 June 1993. Except for three of her stories published in the North Carolina Literary Review (Spring 1993), this is the only publication of her work. The first story is a folk tale in the tradition of Aesop with the moral at the end, “If it looks like a snake. . . ” Or, “Don’t you never trouble Trouble, lessen Trouble troubles you.” The second tale is a creation story that details the making of all races. The “walk-off people” are those that wandered away before God was able to give them brains. “They say a whole lot of ’em, a disproportional number of ’em, went into politics,” Anderson concludes.
Louise Anderson, Storyteller
2 pp, 1990, 5.5″ x 8.5,” black ink printed on off-white paper.
This item, about the size and format of a church bulletin, has two inner pages of autobiographical text written by Ms. Anderson. It was published by NC Wesleyan College Press in an edition of 500 to commemorate the author’s reading at NCWC on September 13, 1990: “I was born in Bogart, Georgia, in 1921, the fourth child of John and Bertha Davenport Anderson, and the second child to live. My family moved to High Point, North Carolina, in 1924,” it begins. And it concludes: “I have been happy in a world of inequitable opportunities because I was taught that no one was my inferior–consequently no one was my superior. So, ‘How do you do President Bush?’ Yet it is my duty to bring beauty and make things equal. Have a few laughs. too.”
Photograph of the author by Roger Manley.
5.5″ x 8.5,” postcard stock.
Published on the occasion of Anderson’s performance at NC Wesleyan College on November 7, 1989. Anderson, who died in 1994, played the role of Dark Sally in Tom Davenport’s film Ashpet: An American Cinderella, and she was the subject of Davenport’s 2000 documentary When My Work Is Over. She received the NC Folk Heritage Award in 2003. Folkstreams.net streams several excellent short documentary films of Anderson telling tales and talking about her life.