Brer Rabbit (Brother Rabbit) is a trickster figure in folktales from the South of the US. The character of the trickster, be it rabbit, spider (like anansi) or something else, has its roots in African stories.
Brer Rabbit can be found in Joel Chandler Harris’ Uncle Remus stories. Uncle Remus is a collection of African American folklore and tales from the South.
Uncle Remus is also the fictional narrator of the stories.
You can read Uncle Remus and Brer Rabbit online at Project Gutenberg. Before reading, head on over to Librivox to listen to recordings of the Brer Rabbit stories. Phil Chenevert did a great job reading them!
I like to open two tabs (or windows) on my computer and listen to the stories in one, while reading along in the other. It’s a great way to enjoy these tales!
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