Michigan and the Great Lakes

Buckeye Legends

Folktales and Lore from Ohio
Michael Jay Katz
A collection of stories drawn from numerous folktales of Ohio


Folk characters and some just-plain-old folk are featured in the delightful stories retold in Buckeye Legends. Stories about the ill-fated Harmann Blennerbassett, for instance, who squandered a fortune and was arrested for treason with Aaron Burr. And Joe Copperwing, the last of the Shawnee Indians in the state, who stayed in Old Chillicotha on Grandpa Paxson's farm rather than be forced to leave the state. And then there's Louis Sartain's corpse that wouldn't bleed and pretty Ruthy Sue who was strangled at the hands of a giant in Paint Creek valley.

Michael Jay Katz retells these and other stories with a homespun charm that captivates the reader. Drawing much of the material from anecdotes, history, and bits and pieces of oral folklore, Katz acts as narrator in presenting the lore and legends about the folks in Ohio.

Michael Jay Katz is Associate Professor of Bio-Architectonics, School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University.

Praise / Awards

  • ". . . a splendid folk history of Ohio told by a raconteur who in a Mark Twain folksy style of writing has created a volume of folk history told with charm and delight."
    Journal of American Culture

Product Details

  • 6 x 9.
  • 234pp.
  • 6 drawings.
Available for sale worldwide

  • Paper
  • 1994
  • Available
  • 978-0-472-06558-5

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  • $18.95 U.S.