English Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs

English Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs

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Jack the Giant-Killer, Tom Thumb, Goldilocks and The Three Bears, Henny Penny, Dick Whittington, The Three Little Pigs, Red Riding Hood and a host of immortal characters are found in this delightful collection of English Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs. The book made its first appearance in 1890 and has remained a firm favorite with both young and old ever since. Fairy tales have traditionally emanated from France and Germany. The famous compilations by La Fontaine and the Brothers Grimm have overshadowed children's literature for centuries. Yet, many of the stories we recount to children today have an English origin, something that we were unaware of. The author, Joseph Jacobs, was an Australian folklorist and historian who painstakingly compiled them from various sources. In the preface to the first edition he recounts how he collected some stories from the descendants of English immigrants in America and Australia, while he sourced others from English gypsies and old ballads. In many cases he had to rewrite and retell those stories which existed in verse form or in ancient dialects. Older forms of English had to be tailored to suit modern readers, while some of the more objectionable parts had to be discarded. Wicked step-mothers, rampaging giants, damsels in distress, gallant princes and evil spells are some of the staples in this fascinating collection. The author himself states that it was his intention to create a book in which the stories would sound as if they were being narrated by an old nurse or grandmother. Hence, the style is simple, direct and like he states, meant to be read aloud and not visually. The original edition also included extensive notes on the source from which he collected the stories and reference material which is of great interest to folk-lore enthusiasts. Such was the impact of some of the stories that they are referenced in Shakespeare's plays and provided inspiration for poets like Milton. The highlight of the book for serious readers is the elaborate footnotes which provide a great deal of information about different variants of these stories that are told in other parts of the world. One of the most attractive features in the book are the charming illustrations that accompany each tale. The book is a delightful read for both parents and children. Apart from old favorites, there are many new tales which most people would not have encountered like “Nix Nought Nothing” “The Laidly Worm of Spindleston Heugh” or “The Earl of Mar's Daughter.”
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Jack the Giant-Killer, Tom Thumb, Goldilocks and The Three Bears, Henny Penny, Dick Whittington, The Three Little Pigs, Red Riding Hood and a host of immortal characters are found in this delightful collection of English Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs. The book made its first appearance in 1890 and has remained a firm favorite with both young and old ever since. Fairy tales have traditionally emanated from France and Germany. The famous compilations by La Fontaine and the Brothers Grimm have overshadowed children's literature for centuries. Yet, many of the stories we recount to children today have an English origin, something that we were unaware of. The author, Joseph Jacobs, was an Australian folklorist and historian who painstakingly compiled them from various sources. In the preface to the first edition he recounts how he collected some stories from the descendants of English immigrants in America and Australia, while he sourced others from English gypsies and old ballads. In many cases he had to rewrite and retell those stories which existed in verse form or in ancient dialects. Older forms of English had to be tailored to suit modern readers, while some of the more objectionable parts had to be discarded. Wicked step-mothers, rampaging giants, damsels in distress, gallant princes and evil spells are some of the staples in this fascinating collection. The author himself states that it was his intention to create a book in which the stories would sound as if they were being narrated by an old nurse or grandmother. Hence, the style is simple, direct and like he states, meant to be read aloud and not visually. The original edition also included extensive notes on the source from which he collected the stories and reference material which is of great interest to folk-lore enthusiasts. Such was the impact of some of the stories that they are referenced in Shakespeare's plays and provided inspiration for poets like Milton. The highlight of the book for serious readers is the elaborate footnotes which provide a great deal of information about different variants of these stories that are told in other parts of the world. One of the most attractive features in the book are the charming illustrations that accompany each tale. The book is a delightful read for both parents and children. Apart from old favorites, there are many new tales which most people would not have encountered like “Nix Nought Nothing” “The Laidly Worm of Spindleston Heugh” or “The Earl of Mar's Daughter.”
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00 – Preface

02 Jan 2021 | 09 mins 28 secs

00 – Preface

02 Jan 2021 | 09 mins 28 secs

01 – Tom Tit Tot

01 Jan 2021 | 11 mins 19 secs

01 – Tom Tit Tot

01 Jan 2021 | 11 mins 19 secs

02 – The Three Sillies

31 Dec 2020 | 08 mins 50 secs

02 – The Three Silli...

31 Dec 2020 | 08 mins 50 secs

03 – The Rose Tree

30 Dec 2020 | 06 mins 57 secs

03 – The Rose Tree

30 Dec 2020 | 06 mins 57 secs

04 – The Old Woman and He...

29 Dec 2020 | 05 mins 22 secs

04 – The Old Woman a...

29 Dec 2020 | 05 mins 22 secs

05 – How Jack Went to See...

28 Dec 2020 | 04 mins 56 secs

05 – How Jack Went t...

28 Dec 2020 | 04 mins 56 secs

06 – Mr. Vinegar

27 Dec 2020 | 08 mins 04 secs

06 – Mr. Vinegar

27 Dec 2020 | 08 mins 04 secs

07 – Nix Nought Nothing

26 Dec 2020 | 11 mins 42 secs

07 – Nix Nought Noth...

26 Dec 2020 | 11 mins 42 secs

08 – Jack Hannaford

25 Dec 2020 | 04 mins 43 secs

08 – Jack Hannaford

25 Dec 2020 | 04 mins 43 secs

09 – Binnorie

24 Dec 2020 | 05 mins 47 secs

09 – Binnorie

24 Dec 2020 | 05 mins 47 secs

10 – Mouse and Mouser

23 Dec 2020 | 02 mins 53 secs

10 – Mouse and Mouse...

23 Dec 2020 | 02 mins 53 secs

11 – Cap o’ Rushes

22 Dec 2020 | 08 mins 48 secs

11 – Cap o’ Rushes

22 Dec 2020 | 08 mins 48 secs

12 – Teeny-tiny

21 Dec 2020 | 03 mins 02 secs

12 – Teeny-tiny

21 Dec 2020 | 03 mins 02 secs

13 – Jack and the Beansta...

20 Dec 2020 | 15 mins 08 secs

13 – Jack and the Be...

20 Dec 2020 | 15 mins 08 secs

14 – The Story of the Thr...

19 Dec 2020 | 06 mins 06 secs

14 – The Story of th...

19 Dec 2020 | 06 mins 06 secs