Aesop: Tales of Aethiop the African, Volume I
. Sea Island Information Group . Beltsville, MD
PZ8.2.K67 Ae 1989 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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See my comments on the first printing of this curious paperback booklet. I thought then that it needed an editor. The good news is that it found one! A number of problems in the first printing are cleaned up in this second printing. Now, for example, the booklet has a title-page! The pagination now makes sense. Not all the improvements possible have been made. There are still some claims in the introduction that many will find hard to believe. Further, the ordering principle of the illustrations and the lessons is still a mystery to me. Finally, we still get Jamal Koram's name after almost every individual fable. However, there is so much improvement! The book has changed its last and perhaps most difficult statement--African-Americans were never, and shall never be slaves--to the, I think, more appropriate statement Although Africans suffered greatly under this terrible system recognized as slavery, most Africans here in America never lost their will to be free. The whole book has been newly typeset, and in that process a number of solecisms have been removed. The Glossary and Pronunciation Guide (42) now makes clear which words come from which stories, and so it is easier to use. On the fables themselves, see my comments there. There is no longer any reference to The Flying Lion Press, and Sea Island Information Group, according to the title-page, is now in Beltsville, MD, though their PO Box seems to be still in Silver Spring. The first copy here, no doubt the latest, removes Vol. I from the cover and puts it on the spine.