Grits and Grunts
Folkloric Key West
Hardback $19.95 ISBN: 1-56164-419-6 Size: 7 x 10 216 Pages 173 black and white photos
Many a book has been written about Key West, but there has never been anything like Stetson Kennedy’s Grits & Grunts, a portrait of the Key West that was. Neither a history (though you will learn a lot about Key West’s unique past) nor a guidebook (though you will learn more about Key West than any guides offer), Grits & Grunts is a treasure trove gleaned from the rich multiculture that came to full-flower on “The Rock” during the first half of the twentieth century, “when Key West was Key West.” You’ll find an abundant sampling of the inimitable art of Mario Sanchez, whose carved bas-relief paintings of Key West street scenes are in great demand around the world, as well as many never-before-published photographs. The overflowing Key West songbag is also here in all its abundance, from lullabies to traditional ballads, as well as games and folktales.
“In this highly original work, Stetson Kennedy reveals himself as the consummate observer and storyteller—offering fascinating glimpses into the unique people, history, and culture of Key West.” —Tina Bucuvalas, Director, Florida Folklife Program
Stetson Kennedy has devoted his life to the championing of human rights, traditional culture, and stewardship of nature. A founding member of the Florida Folklore Society and Oral History Association, he is also a recipient of the Florida Folk Heritage Award and the Governor’s Heartland Award, and is in the Florida Hall of Fame. He first came to Key West in 1935, married a Key West native, wrote the Key West Historical Pageant, and served as editor of the WPA Key West Guide. He has written many other books, including Palmetto Country and South Florida Folklife.