ENGLISH FAIRY TALES: 43 English Folk and Fairy tales collated by Joseph Jacobs

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Abela Publishing Ltd, 2009 - Fiction - 250 pages
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This volume contains 43 English folk stories and tales. Herein you will find stories like "Tom-Tit-Tot", "Binnorie", "The Story of the Three Bears", "jack the Giant Killer", "The Three Sillies", "The Old Woman and her Pig, "How Jack Went to Seek his Fortune", "The Well at World's End" and many more.


But why call them FAIRY STORIES? One cannot imagine a child saying, 'Tell me a folk-tale', or 'Another nursery tale, please, grandma'. Fairy tales are stories in which occurs something 'fairy', something extraordinary--fairies, giants, dwarfs, speaking animals, or the remarkable stupidity of some of the characters. Many of the tales in this volume are what folklorists call Drolls (a humorous story in which there is a jester or a wag) . They justify the title of "Merrie England," a phrase which once indicated the underlying capacity for fun and humour of the English. The story of Tom Tit Tot, for example, is unequalled among all other folk-tales for its combined humorousness and dramatic power. So take some time out and travel back to a period before television and radio, a time when families would gather around a crackling and spitting hearth and granddad or grandma or uncle or auntie would delight and captivate the gathering with stories passed on to them from their parents and grandparents from time immemorial. A proportion of the profit from the sale of this book will be donated towards the education of the underprivileged in England.

 

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Contents

Preface
1
Introductory Notes
5
Tom Tit Tot
11
The Three Sillies
19
The Rose Tree
23
How Jack Went to Seek His Fortune
30
Mr Vinegar
34
Nix Nought Nothing
38
The Red Ettin
122
The Golden Arm
127
The History of Tom Thumb
129
Mr Fox
136
Lazy Jack
141
JohnnyCake
144
Earl Mars Daughter
148
Mr Miacca
152

Jack Hannaford
43
Binnorie
47
Mouse and Mouser
50
Cap o Rushes
53
TeenyTiny
59
Jack and the Beanstalk
61
The Story of the Three Little Pigs
70
The Master and His Pupil
74
Titty Mouse and Tatty Mouse
77
Jack and his Golden SnuffBox
81
The Story of the Three Bears
91
Jack the Giant Killer
96
HennyPenny
108
Childe Rowland
111
Molly Whuppie
118
Whittington and his Cat
155
The Strange Visitor
165
The Laidly Worm of Spindleston Heugh
168
The Cat and the Mouse
173
The Fish and the Ring
175
The Magpies Nest
179
Kate Crackernuts
181
The Cauld Lad of Hilton
185
The Ass the Table and the Stick
187
Fairy Ointment
191
The Well of the Worlds End
194
Master of All Masters
198
The Three Heads of the Well
200
Notes
205
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JOSEPH JACOBS (29 August 1854 – 30 January 1916) was an Australian folklorist, literary critic, historian and writer of English literature who became a notable collector and publisher of English folklore. His work went on to popularize some of the world's best known versions of English fairy tales including Jack and the Beanstalk, Goldilocks and the three bears, The Three Little Pigs, Jack the Giant Killer and The History of Tom Thumb. After moving to England, he published his English fairy tale collections: English Fairy Tales in 1890 and More English Fairytales in 1894 but also went on after and in between both books to publish fairy tales collected from continental Europe as well as Jewish, Celtic and Indian Fairytales which made him one of the most popular writers of fairytales for the English language.

 

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