Beautiful Susan [Laws M29]

DESCRIPTION: Susan's parents take advantage of her sweetheart William's absence to inform her that he is dead. They arrange a marriage to another man. William's letter announcing his return drives her to suicide. William sees her ghost and also kills himself
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1952 (Brown)
KEYWORDS: death trick suicide ghost love
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Laws M29, "Beautiful Susan"
Brown/Belden/Hudson-FrankCBrownCollectionNCFolklore2 69, "Beautiful Susan" (1 text)

Roud #1022
cf. "The Damsel's Tragedy" (theme)
cf. "The The Seaman of Plymouth" (plot, characters)
NOTES [63 words]: Another song Laws lists as traditional, and British, even though only one version is known: The American one from the Brown collection. Ben Schwartz suggests that this is derived from "The Seaman of Plymouth." That strikes me as possible, in which case Laws is right: There are British broadsides of the latter, although the collected versions all seem to be American. - BS, RBW
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