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The ballad of Tom Dooley : a ballad novel, Sharyn McCrumb

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The ballad of Tom Dooley : a ballad novel
Title
The ballad of Tom Dooley
Title remainder
a ballad novel
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Sharyn McCrumb
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eng
Summary
A story inspired by a true crime made famous by the Kingston Trio's folk song recording reimagines the events surrounding the murder of North Carolina mountain girl Laura Foster and the hanging of her lover, Tom Dula, in a meticulously researched account that reveals additional information that may prove Dula's innocence
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  • In her latest "Ballad Novel," McCrumb (The Devil Amongst the Lawyers) delves into the history of the song made popular by the Kingston Trio. It's 1866 and no one in the mountains of North Carolina has been left unscarred by the Civil War. This includes the scores of walking wounded Rebel soldiers back from the war, but also the women they left behind, like Pauline Foster, whose encounters with soldiers and drifters have left her with a death sentence in the form of syphilis, a disease that figures prominently among the story's players. Bitter and envious of her beautiful cousin Ann Melton, Pauline nevertheless takes a job as Ann's housemaid while undergoing treatment nearby. Pauline sees patterns and understands connections that no one else sees, and she manufactures drama for her own ends—with tragic results. She is soon intimately involved in the romantic and sexual entanglements of Ann; Ann's husband, James, who Ann married for stability; Ann's lover Tom Dula, her passion from the time they were children; and the women's other cousin, Laura Foster, whose trysts with Tom lead to her murder. Narrated by Pauline and by Zebulon Vance, the former Confederate governor who defended Tom Dula in court, McCrumb's tale is impeccably researched. At times the deliberate accounting of facts and biography does more to show off that research than it does to advance the story, but McCrumb's novel casts light on the often bleak context surrounding characters who have become legend. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed August 1, 2011) (Publishers Weekly, vol 258, issue 31, p)
  • Forget the Kingston trio folk song and Doc Watson's more authentic version, both of which proclaim Dooley's guilt. Not so, maintains Appalachian author McCrumb (The Devil Amongst the Lawyers ) in this novel based on extensive research. In 1866, Tom Dula was a handsome, ne'er-do-well ex-Confederate soldier still bedding his childhood sweetheart, beautiful—and narcissistic—Ann Foster Melton, who had married a more responsible man during Tom's absence. The trouble began when Ann's cousin Pauline Foster became a servant in the Melton household to be near a doctor to treat her "pox" (syphilis). Tom's favors extended also to Pauline (an arrangement Ann urged, in McCrumb's view, to quell gossip about herself and Tom) and to Laura Foster, another cousin, for whose murder in Wilkes County, NC, he was hanged. The events covering several months are related by Pauline as well as Zebulon Vance, the ex-governor of North Carolina, who defended Tom. VERDICT In a story with parallels to Wuthering Heights , McCrumb makes a strong case for a sociopathic servant as the catalyst for the deadly events that ensued. True to the language and culture of its time and place, this latest entry in the Ballad series could be headed for best-sellerdom, given the sensational nature of the crime and the popularity of the song it inspired. [National tour; library marketing; see Prepub Alert, 3/15/11.]— Michele Leber, Arlington, VA --Michele Leber (Reviewed September 1, 2011) (Library Journal, vol 136, issue 14, p100)
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393964
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1948-
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McCrumb, Sharyn
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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True
Series statement
Ballad novels
Series volume
0009
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  • Dula, Tom
  • Mountain life
  • Triangles (Interpersonal relations)
  • Murder
  • North Carolina
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The ballad of Tom Dooley : a ballad novel, Sharyn McCrumb
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rdacarrier
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text
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rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
Large print edition.
Extent
443 pages (large print)
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9781410444141
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2011038088
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • (OCoLC)751922201
  • 1/569063
  • OCoLC
Label
The ballad of Tom Dooley : a ballad novel, Sharyn McCrumb
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
Large print edition.
Extent
443 pages (large print)
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9781410444141
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2011038088
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • (OCoLC)751922201
  • 1/569063
  • OCoLC

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