“Were it not for the foresight of the R.S. Surtees Society, Brer Rabbit would live on but Uncle Remus might be forgotten.” writes Roy Kerridge in his introduction. Joel Chandler Harris’ less well known animal stories of Plantation life fell out of favour when the ‘dis and dat’ patois of the animal characters was deemed politically incorrect. In response to this Sir Charles Pickthorn Bt. decided to re-publish. His decision is minuted in the Annals of the Society as having been taken “In order to annoy the people whom the Chairman wishes to annoy.” As a result the Society is perhaps the only place where an unbowdlerised copy of these marvellously imaginative, exciting tales may be found.