Folktales of the British Isles

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Pantheon Books, Jan 1, 1988 - Social Science - 416 pages
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A superb collection of folklore from the British Isles that celebrates storytelling, culled from great 19th- and 20th-century collections. It is a first-of-a-kind anthology including stories from English, Celtic and Norse traditions. Illustrated.

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User Review  - RMMee - LibraryThing

A fairly light read - some interesting tales, but for me there was too much of the obvious in there, such as variations on Goldilocks, Tom Thumb, Cinderella, etc. Anybody for whom English is not their first language may find it difficult in places, due to the heavy use of dialect. Read full review

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User Review  - stpnwlf - LibraryThing

Excellent collection of British folks stories. Read full review


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Kevin Crossley-Holland is a well-known poet, a prize-winning children's author, and a translator. Crossley-Holland has translated Beowulf and The Exeter Book of Riddles from the Anglo-Saxon. He has collaborated with composers Nicola Lefanu (The Green Children and The Wildman), Rupert Bawden (The Sailor's Tale), Sir Arthur Bliss, William Mathias, and Stephen Paulus. Crossley-Holland's book The Seeing Stone won the Guardian Children's Fiction Award, the Smarties Prize Bronze Medal, and the Tir na n-Og Award. The trilogy has won critical acclaim and been translated into twenty-five languages. His recent and forthcoming books are The Hidden Roads: A Memoir of Childhood, Bracelet of Bones and his new and selected poems The Mountains of Norfolk. Crossley-Holland often lectures abroad on behalf of the British Council and offers poetry and prose workshops and talks on the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings, King Arthur, heroines and heroes, and myth, legend and folk-tale. Kevin Crossley-Holland is an Honorary Fellow of St Edmund Hall, Oxford, a patron of the Society for Storytelling, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He lives on the north Norfolk coast in East Anglia with his wife and children.

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