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Book Title: English Fairy Tales|
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The author of the book: Joseph Jacobs
Edition: Everyman's Library
Date of issue: November 2nd 1993
ISBN 13: 9780679428091
Format files: PDF
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Joseph Jacobs complained in the 19th century, "What Perrault began, the Grimms completed." All the fairy tales the children knew were French or German in origin. He tried to amend it, and so we have this and More English Fairy Tales.
You will indeed recognize a few, most likely. "The Three Bears" is the first written version, with a nasty old woman instead of Goldilocks, and "Scrapefoot" is recognizably the same tale, with a fox. "Jack and the Beanstalk" is, in fact, the best known variant nowadays.
Not all of them are fairy tales. Some, like "My Own Self" and "Yallery Brown," are anecdotes about fairies. Others are progressive tales, or tales of cunning characters or fools.
Others are unusual fairy tales. My own two favorites -- not just here but among all fairy tales -- are "Kate Crackernuts" and "Tattercoats." It also has "Black Bull of Norroway," "The King of England and His Three Sons," "The Fish and the Ring," and "Catskin," among other tales where you can recognize the type if you've read widely, but these are specific variants. Also, some truly strange ones. It includes "The Buried Moon," for instance.
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Read information about the authorJoseph Jacobs 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 worlds 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". 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. Jacobs was also an editor for journals and books on the subject of folklore which included editing the Fables of Bidpai and the Fables of Aesop, as well as articles on the migration of Jewish folklore. He also edited editions of "The Thousand and One Nights". He went on to join The Folklore Society in England and became an editor of the society journal Folklore. Joseph Jacobs also contributed to the Jewish Encyclopedia.
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