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American Gods Alphabet: Johnny Appleseed / John Chapman

I really love American Gods and mythology so I made an alphabetic list of every reference made in the novel.

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Johnny Appleseed / John Chapman (308)

Johnny Appleseed / John Chapman (American) American frontiersman and folk hero known for introducing the apple tree to many parts of North America. In folklore, Johnny Appleseed would randomly plant apple trees around Pennsylvania and Ohio. He was said to have once traveled down the Allegheny River on a block of ice. He was said to travel barefoot with a sack of apple seeds to plant. In spite of his disheveled fashion, Johnny Appleseed was welcomed in the towns he visited. In reality, John Chapman was a business man and orchardist, known for planting and selling apple products, particularly hard cider and applejack, which was considerably more profitable then the apples themselves. He was also a vegetarian and animal rights activist until his death in 1845. From that point on, the legend of Johnny Appleseed became a popular folk tale.

All names/terms are depicted with the page in which they first appear in the American Gods Tenth Anniversary Edition of the author’s preferred text.

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Picking up perfectly placed puddles
with muddy mops moving meticulously
across acres of Appleseed Augustine
grey grapefruit grand golaches
wicked west textile woven winter clothes
spring fling sock silk trousers
no belts bruises blues or balogne
white bread with no crusts, suspension brake chassis with no rust

I walked through hell
gave the devil a kiss
on the cheek, a pinch
on the ass

and a wink

I reached for God with wind seeking
silently singing fingertips




B.E. Grissom