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Defying Gender Roles and Challenging Stereotypes: British-Appalachian Ballads and Their Literary Adaptations

Author Sharyn McCrumb has written a series of novels inspired by historic ballads. The first novel, IF EVER I RETURN, PRETTY PEGGY-O, is named for and inspired by the ballad \"Pretty Peggy O\" and takes additional inspiration from \"Little Margaret\" and \"The Knoxville Girl.\" McCrumb provides her untraditional heroine, Little Margaret, in the Appalachian town of Hamelin where she seeks revenge as a ghost resurrected.
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