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The Inland Whale

Nine Stories Retold from California Indian Legends, With a New Foreword by Karl Kroeber

Theodora Kroeber (Author), Karl Kroeber (Foreword)

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Paperback, 212 pages
ISBN: 9780520246935
December 2005
$29.95, £22.95
Nine tales, selected and retold here by anthropologist and author Theodora Kroeber for the adult general-interest reader. The new foreword by her son, Karl Kroeber, provides context about the author's methods and describes his own personal connection to the stories themselves.
Foreward by Karl Kroeber

The Inland Whale
Loon Woman
Butterfly Man
Dance Mad
Love Charm
About-the-House Girl
Tesilya, Sun's Daughter
The Man's Wife

Some Qualities of Indian Stories
About the Stories in This Book

Theodora Kroeber (1897-1979) was a noted anthropologist and also the author of Ishi in Two Worlds (California). Karl Kroeber, son of Theodora Kroeber, is Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University and coeditor of Ishi in Three Centuries (2002).

"Thanks to Mrs. Kroeber’s simple, supple style, the stories all succeed as stories; they please, engage, move, or divert without depending for their effect on their exotic source."—The New Yorker

"The varying but almost always superb story style of these narratives will speak to all."—New York Herald Tribune

"This is a jewel of a book."—San Francisco Chronicle

"These stories enlarge life. They remind us of Shakespeare and Aeschylus…. That Mrs. Kroeber’s book should generate such thoughts is proof of its power and beauty."—New York Times Book Review

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