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Folktales of England, Folktales of the World

“The most satisfactory general collection of folktales to come out of England since the advent of modern collection and classification techniques.”—Journal of American Folklore

Tales of unnatural beings, curses, and ghosts, tall tales, shaggy dog stories—this collection from a renowned British folklorist offers a wide historical range, as well as commentaries. If wonder tales are not as abundant in England as elsewhere, other kinds of folktales thrive: local traditions, historical legends, humorous anecdotes. Many of the favorite tales which English-speaking peoples carry with them from childhood come from a long tradition—stories as familiar to Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, Spenser, and their many contemporaries as they are to us. This volume is a “fine, homely feast” for anyone interested in the folklore of the world (Times Educational Supplement).

“Should be of special concern to Americans since many of the tales are parallel to or the source of our own folk stories.”—Choice

“This is entertainment, to be sure, but is also part of man’s attempts to comprehend his world.”—Quartet

Katharine M. Briggs, Ruth L. Tongue, Richard M. Dorson

The University of Chicago Press