CHASE, RICHARD, 1904-1988


Folklorist, author, editor. Born– February 15, 1904, Huntsville. Parents– Robert Collier and Emma Florence Chase. Education– Antioch College, B.S., 1929. Lecturer on folklore and storyteller of Appalachian folktales. Honors– Southern California Council on Literature award, 1970; honored by the Governor of Virginia, 1972, by the Los Angeles Renaissance Pleasure Faire, 1973,  by the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of Mensa in 1975. Died February 2, 1988.


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Jack and the Three Sillies. Boston; Houghton, 1950.

Wicked John and the Devil. Boston; Houghton, 1951.


Hullabaloo, and Other Singing Folk Games. Boston; Houghton, 1949. (also published as Singing Games and Playparty Games. New York; Dover, 1967).


American Folk Tales and Songs. New York; New American Library, 1956; reprinted Dover, 1971.

Billy Boy (folk song). San Carlos, Calif.; Golden Gate Junior Books, 1966.

Grandfather Tales. Boston; Houghton, 1943.

The Jack Tales. Boston; Houghton, 1943.

Old Songs and Singing Games. Chapel Hill, N.C.; University of North Carolina Press, 1938.

Editor_Author of Introduction;

Stephen Crane, The Red Badge of Courage.  Houghton, 1960.


Papers of Richard Chase are held by the University of Minnesota Children’s Literature Research Collection; the East Tennessee State University Library; and the Western North Carolina Library Network.