Italian Folktales

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Italo Calvino
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1992 - Fiction - 763 pages
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Who but Italo Calvino could have selected two hundred of Italy's traditional folktales and retold them so wondrously? The reader is lured into a world of clearly Italian stamp, where kings and peasants, saints and ogres - along with an array of the most extraordinary plants and animals - disport themselves against the rich background of regional customs and history. Whether the tone is humorous and earthy, playful and nonsensical, or noble and mysterious, the drama unfolds strictly according to the joyous logic of the imagination.

Chosen one of the "New York Times's" ten best books in the year of its original publication, "Italian Folktales" immediately won a cherished place among lovers of the tale and vaulted Calvino into the ranks of the great folklorists like the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen. In this collection Calvino combines a sensibility attuned to the fantastical with a singular writerly ability to capture the visions and dreams of a people.

 

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User Review  - Calabrom2 - LibraryThing

This was a book my grandfather had and would read to me when I was younger. All of the folktales in this book are great but I especially enjoyed "The Three Castles." Read full review

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User Review  - JosephJ - LibraryThing

Awesome book. I ordered through Abe books and received a paperback first edition from 1988 with a gorgeous picture of pink flowers stuck between its pages--probably a book mark for its previous owner ... Read full review

Contents

Dauntless Little John
3
The Man Wreathed in Seaweed
5
The Ship with Three Decks
7
The Man Who Came Out Only at Night
12
And Seven
14
BodywithoutSoul
18
Money Can Do Everything
21
The Little Shepherd
23
Wooden Maria
378
Louse Hide
383
Cicco Petrillo
386
Nero and Bertha
388
The Love of the Three Pomegranates
389
Joseph Ciufolo TillerFlutist
393
Bella Venezia
395
The Mangy One
398

Silver Nose
26
The Counts Beard
30
The Little Girl Sold with the Pears
35
The Snake
37
The Three Castles
40
The Prince Who Married a Frog
43
The Parrot
45
The Twelve Oxen
48
Crack and Crook
50
The Canary Prince
52
KingCrin
57
Those Stubborn Souls the Biellese
60
The Pot of Mar joram
61
The Billiards Player
65
Animal Speech
68
The Three Cottages
71
The Peasant Astrologer
74
The Wolf and the Three Girls
75
The Land Where One Never Dies
77
The Devotee of St Joseph
79
The Three Crones
80
The Crab Prince
83
Silent for Seven Years
87
The Dead Mans Palace
90
33 Pome and Peel
95
The Cloven Youth
99
Invisible Grandfather
103
The King of Denmarks Son
107
Petie Pete versus Witch BeaWitch
110
Quack Quack Stick to My Back
114
39 The Happy Mans Shirt
117
One Night in Paradise
119
Jesus and St Peter in Friuli
121
The Magic Ring
129
The Dead Mans Arm
133
The Science of Laziness
137
Fair Brow
138
The Stolen Crown
142
The Kings Daughter Who Could Never Get Enough Figs
145
The Three Dogs
147
Uncle Wolf
152
Giricoccola
154
Tabagnino the Hunchback
157
The King of the Animals
163
The Devils Breeches
167
Dear as Salt
172
The Queen of the Three Mountains of Gold
176
Lose Your Temper and You Lose Your Bet
179
The Feathered Ogre
185
The Dragon with Seven Heads
189
Bellinda and the Monster
197
The Shepherd at Court
203
The Sleeping Queen
207
The Son of the Merchant from Milan
213
Monkey Palace
222
Rosina in the Oven
225
The Salamanna Grapes
229
The Enchanted Palace
232
Buffalo Head
238
The King of Portugals Son
243
FantaGhiro the Beautiful
249
The Old Womans Hide
253
Olive
255
Catherine Sly Country Lass
261
The Traveler from Turin
266
The Daughter of the Sun
269
The Dragon and the Enchanted Filly
273
The Florentine
277
IllFated Royalty
280
The Golden Ball
284
Fioravante and Beautiful Isolina
288
Fearless Simpleton
294
The Milkmaid Queen
295
The Story of Campriano
298
The North Winds Gift
301
The Sorceresss Head
304
Apple Girl
308
Prez2emolina
315
The King in the Basket
323
The OneHanded Murderer
328
The Two Hunchbacks
332
Pete and the Ox
334
The King of the Peacocks
338
The Palace of the Doomed Queen
344
The Little Geese
347
Water in the Basket
353
Fourteen
356
Jack Strong Slayer of Five Hundred
357
Crystal Rooster
360
A Boat for Land and Water
362
The Neapolitan Soldier
366
Belmiele and Belsole
370
The Haughty Prince
374
The Wildwood King
403
Mandorlinfiore
405
The Three Blind Queens
407
Hunchback Wryneck Hobbler
409
OneEye
410
The False Grandmother
412
FrankieBoys Trade
414
Shining Fish
417
Miss North Wind and Mr Zephyr
418
The Palace Mouse and the Garden Mouse
419
The Moors Bones
420
The Chicken Laundress
422
Crack Crook and Hook
424
First Sword and Last Broom
426
Mrs Fox and Mr Wolf
430
The Five Scapegraces
432
AriAri Donkey Donkey Money Money
437
The School of Salamanca
442
The Tale of the Cats
446
Chick
449
The Slave Mother
452
The Siren Wife
455
The Princesses Wed to the First PassersBy
459
Liombruno
462
Cannelora
470
Filo dOro and Filomena
474
The Thirteen Bandits
480
The Three Orphans
482
Sleeping Beauty and Her Children
485
The Handmade King
489
The Turkey Hen
494
The Three Chicory Gatherers
500
BeautywiththeSevenDresses
504
Serpent King
508
The Widow and the Brigand
514
The Crab with the Golden Eggs
518
Nick Fish
521
GrattulaBeddattula
523
Misfortune
529
Pippina the Serpent
534
Catherine the Wise
540
The Ismailian Merchant
546
The Thieving Dove
550
Dealer in Peas and Beans
553
The Sultan with the Itch
556
The Wife Who Lived on Wind
560
Wormwood
563
The King of Spain and the English Milord
568
The Bejeweled Boot
575
The LeftHand Squire
580
Rosemary
583
Lame Devil
586
Three Tales by Three Sons of Three Merchants
588
The Dove Girl
591
Jesus and St Peter in Sicily
594
The Barbers Timepiece
599
The Counts Sister
600
Master Francesco SitDownandEat
604
The Marriage of a Queen and a Bandit
606
The Seven Lamb Heads
609
The Two Sea Merchants
611
Out in the World
616
A Boat Loaded with
623
The Kings Son in the Henhouse
627
The Mincing Princess
632
The Great Narbone
636
Animal Talk and the Nosy Wife
639
The Calf with the Golden Horns
641
The Captain and the General
645
The Peacock Feather
648
The Garden Witch
650
The Mouse with the Long Tail
653
183 The Two Cousins
656
The Two Muleteers
659
Giovannuzza the Fox
661
The Child that Fed the Crucifix
666
Steward Truth
668
The Foppish King
671
The Princess with the Horns
675
Giufa
679
Fra Ignazio
686
Solomons Advice
687
The Man Who Robbed the Robbers
689
The Lions Grass
691
The Convent of Nuns and the Monastery of Monks
696
The Male Fern
699
St Anthonys Gift
701
March and the Shepherd
703
John Balento
704
Jump into My Sack
708
Notes
715
Bibliography
759
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About the author (1992)

ITALO CALVINO (1923-1985) attained worldwide renown as one of the twentieth century's greatest storytellers. Born in Cuba, he was raised in San Remo, Italy, and later lived in Turin, Paris, Rome, and elsewhere. Among his many works are Invisible Cities, If on a winter's night a traveler, The Baron in the Trees, and other novels, as well as numerous collections of fiction, folktales, criticism, and essays. His works have been translated into dozens of languages.

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