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|Named Person:||John A Lomax; John Avery Lomax; John Avery Lomax|
|Material Type:||Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication|
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|ISBN:||0252022165 9780252022166 9780252069710 0252069714|
|Description:||580 p.,  p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.|
|Series Title:||Folklore and society.|
Last Cavalier is the never-before-told story of Lomax's long career, as colorful and lively as it was controversial. The book chronicles how this native Mississippian (although Lomax emphatically considered himself a Texan, having come to that state with his family as a child) collected folksongs on horseback, sold stocks and bonds, served at several major universities, lectured nationwide on many occasions, published a dozen books, helped legitimize comparative literature as an academic discipline, and played a major role in developing the Library of Congress's Archive of American Folk Song, now part of the American Folklife Center. This first full account of Lomax's life relies on eight years of research through the Lomax family letters and papers and many interviews with those who knew him.