Saturday, June 29, 2002

Mail call!

Received the following from Peter Sean, the fellow who runs Lex Communis:

Subject: Tale of Two Brothers

I first read a version of the Tale of Two Brothers in a collection of stories by Manley Wade Wellman called Who Fears the Devil. The common character in the collection was a John, a wandering folksinger, who would wander into Appalachian folktales. The story was Over the Hill and Everywhere and was first published in the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in 1956.

Do you know if your story comes from Wellman's story, or was Wellman's story based on a rescripting of an earlier folktale? And, if you don't know, that's cool too. Just curious. I always liked the story, especially around Christmas.

Unfortunately, I have no idea where the story comes from. I received the story in the mail from the deacon of the parish I attend. However, Peter does give us more info on his theory over at his blog in this blog entry.

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