Three From Catfish Bend : High Water at Catfish Bend, Seven Stars for Catfish Bend, and The Owl Hoots Twice at Catfish Bend by Ben Lucien Burman ; Illustrations by Alice Caddy : Introduction by John K. Hutchens
New York : Taplinger Publishing Co., 1967. Hardcover. 377 pages ; 22 cm. $6.95 dust jacket with minimal wear. Pages are clean and unmarked. Binding firm.
Three From CATFISH BEND
Ben Lucien Burman
Once in many years a group of fictional characters appear so full of humor and imagination, and of such universal appeal, they become classics in their own time, beloved by old and young alike. Such a group are the animals found in the first three Catfish Bend books, here brought together for the first time in a single volume.
Ranked by critics with ALICE IN WONDERLAND, UNCLE REMUS, and WIND IN THE WILLOWS, these Catfish Bend stories have won high honors on both sides of the Atlantic, and caused Robert Hillyer, the noted Pulitzer Prize poet and critic to say that Mr. Burman should be awarded the Nobel Prize. They have become so much a part of American folklore that gas station attendants along the Mississippi have been asked precise directions to this magic land of Catfish Bend.
The books can be enjoyed as subtle satire, relished by the most sophisticated book-lover; or as wonderfully humorous adventure stories that parents will read for their own pleasure and then read aloud to their children. There are now over 200,000 Catfish Bend books in print.
Here we see reflected the absurdities of all mankind; Judge Black, the vegetarian blacksnake, trying to live down the snake family's bad reputation; the gloomy frog who conducts the Indian Bayou Glee Club; J.C., the sporty fox; and Doc Raccoon, strategist, statesman, mayor.
The fourth Catfish Bend book, BLOW A WILD BUOLE FOR CATFISH BEND, has just been published.
The beguiling drawings by Alice Caddy, the author's wife, have perfectly captured the spirit of these magical tales.
Ben Lucien Burman, who to a constantly increasing audience is "America's greatest living interpreter" and "The New Mark Twain," immediately became famous for his Mississippi novels, STEAMBOAT ROUND THE BEND, which became Will Rogers' most successful film, and his prizewinning BLOW FOR A LANDING. These books made America "river conscious," and have become American classics. In 1938 the Lighthouse Service of the U.S. Coast Guard paid him the unique honor of naming a river light for him on the Mississippi near Baton Rouge. The title of "The New Mark Twain" was bestowed on him by critics for his rich American humor, a quality made particularly evident in his satirical novels, THE STREET OF THE
LAUGHING CAMEL, and THE SIGN OF THE PRAYING TIGER, both of which have received extraordinary acclaim.
Mr. Burman's critical essays have appeared in the Saturday Review, his atmospheric travel articles in the Reader's Digest. In 1941 he became the first writer to reach the Free French rebels in Africa, where he sent his historic cables exposing the treachery of the Vichy government and telling the world that France still lived. The story of this adventure appears in his lately published THE GENERALS WEAR CORK HATS. He has been decorated with the French Legion of Honor.
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