This collection begins with a biography of the storyteller, Leroy Dudley, a native of Wesley, Maine, who guided at Chimney Pond, Mount Katahdin, from the 1890's until his death in 1942. Roy had originally been exposed to the Penobscot Indian legends about Katahdin, by his father, who had been a long-time friend of Penobscot Governor, John Neptune. Roy took these stories and made them his own, telling them in his own way, augmenting them in the storyteller tradition, and entertaining the countless visitors to Mount Katahdin with his droll humor.
During the first half of the 20th century, Leroy Dudley, guide and spinner of tales at Chimney Pond on Maine's Mount Katahdin, enchanted countless outdoor enthusiasts with his yarns about Pamola, the Penobscot Indian god of thunder who protected the mountain.
In the early thirties, Clayton Hall, a Yale Divinity School student, was so impressed by Roy Dudley's tales that he backpacked an Edison office dictating machine seven miles to spin Roy's yarns onto its wax cylinders. He planned to publish a collection of the stories.
Maurice 'Jake' Day, a Maine artist who was involved at the time with research for Walt Disney's Bambi, also fell under the spell of Dudley's yarns. He set out to illustrate Hall's projected book, but it never materialized beyond the frontispiece, which became that of the current volume.
As a child, Jane Thomas fell in love with Roy's tales when she heard him tell them at Chimney Pond; and Clayton Hall's niece, Beth Harmon, discovered the yellowing manuscript in a family attic. She and Jane set out to publish the book of Dudley's tales. Jane adopted Day's style and provided the illustrations for this delightful collection
Countless visitors to Mt. Katahdin who listened to Dudley's yarns from the earliest days on, have hoped that one day they would be bound together into a book for the general public.
Now in Chimney Pond Tales we hear those yarns; we read Roy's tales of the uneasy truce with Pamola, and how the two finally became true friends.
After five printings of a total of 11,000 copies, we now offer a new edition of Chimney Pond Tales, with added photographs, more about the book, and another story.
These delightful stories are appropriate for all ages. Beloved by hikers, outdoor enthusiasts, and armchair adventurers alike, they especially lend themselves to being read aloud. They have also been released as an audio book read by famous Maine storyteller John McDonald, currently out of print.Can be purchased at:
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