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English Fairy Tales

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  1,305 Ratings  ·  67 Reviews
Many generations of children have enjoyed the enduringly popular fairy tale collections of Joseph Jacobs, one of England's foremost folklorists. Through every change of fashion, their ability to delight and entertain has continued undiminished. The king and queens, the wicked giants, the clever youngest sons, the talking animals and trees, the magic cloaks that make their ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published June 1st 1967 by Dover Publications (first published 1890)
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Mary Catelli
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 nowada
Feb 06, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
كانت الرحلة إلى أنجلترا بأسه بكل المقاييس
فعلى الرغم من أن الحكايات تتناول أخبار الحمقى التى يجب أن تثير الضحك وتنتمى إلى الهزليات
إلا أن الحكايات جاءت مملة وتفتقر للخيال والتنوع فلقد كانت هذه التيمة الغالبة على الحكايات
بالإضافة إلى تشابه حكاية الفتاة ذات السمار مع حكاية المؤلف الفرنسى شارل بيرو الفتاة ذات جلد الحمار
Diana Long
Mar 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really nice collection of Folk Tales ( Fairy Tales or Scary Tales). Every culture has stories that pass down through the generations and this was an interesting read. Some of them only slightly different in the animated versions and story books I grew up with. Some have a moral to the story and many are really frightful and violent. The name of the character most often used appears to be Jack. Several have the beginning Once upon a time....and the phrase "Fe, fi, fo, fum" is used by several gian ...more
Hal Brodsky
Dec 28, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, kindle
The price is certainly right for this free download. A collection of Fairy tales primarily from England and Scotland and published in 1890, these simply written stories offer an insight into the mores and values of people of that time, to wit: marrying into wealth is the most important thing you can do in life, and killing people (Giants, Monsters, Freaks) who are different than you is not only OK, but hero-worthy. And Step Mothers are evil, evil, evil !
No, these should not be read aloud to you
Jim Erekson
Feb 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best collections. Jacobs combed the folklore collections for this set of tales. Strong and memorable tellings of old favorites, in ways you won't remember hearing as from the picturebooks. Three Pigs, Three Bears, Johnny Cake (aka Gingerbread Boy), Tom Tit Tot (Rumpelstiltskin). Then a lot more not in the popular set, but still riveting: Three Heads of the Well, Childe Rowland, Laidly Worm of Spindleston Heugh. My favorite in the bunch for telling is Molly Whuppie! A strong gi ...more
Loved the extra information at the end of the stories.
Valentina Markasović
Gave up on this
I don't want to torture myself any more
Andrew Ives
(1911 edition) Joseph Jacobs writes very well indeed and has made a laudable effort to bring together old English folk tales and fairy stories before they are lost in the mists of time, in a similar way to what the Brothers Grimm and Perrault did around this time. The introduction and the notes at the end are very academic and wonderfully well written. However, the 43 stories he has gathered and presented range between absolutely useless, primitive and irritating to rather enjoyable and halfway ...more
Rae Coleman
I actually couldn't finish this book, as much as I wanted to! I probably only read a quarter of it before I gave up. There's nothing wrong with the book in & of itself, but the antiquated writing style and phrases really were hard to get through. Classic stories though, so I'm not bashing the book at all!
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the best collections. Jacobs combed the folklore collections for this set of tales. Strong and memorable tellings of old favorites, in ways you won't remember hearing as from the picturebooks.
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Joseph 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 o ...more
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“Now, what's my name?" says he. "What, is that Bill?" says she. "Noo, that ain't," says he, and he twirled his tail. "Is that Ned?" says she. "Noo, that ain't," says he, and he twirled his tail. "Well, is that Mark?" says she. "Noo, that ain't," says he, and he” 2 likes
“Lady Mary was young, and Lady Mary was fair. She had two brothers, and more lovers than she could count. But of them all, the bravest and most gallant, was a Mr. Fox, whom she met when she was down at her father's country-house. No one knew who Mr. Fox was; but he was certainly brave, and surely rich, and of all her lovers, Lady Mary cared for him alone. At last it was agreed upon between them that they should be married. Lady Mary asked Mr. Fox where they should live, and he described to her his castle, and where it was; but, strange to say, did not ask her, or her brothers to come and see it. So one day, near the wedding-day, when her brothers were out, and Mr. Fox was away for a day or two on business, as he said, Lady Mary set out for Mr. Fox's castle. And after many searchings, she came at last to it, and a fine strong house it was, with high walls and a deep moat. And when she came up to the gateway she saw written on it: BE BOLD, BE BOLD. But as the gate was open, she went through it, and found no one there. So she went up to the doorway, and over it she found written: BE BOLD, BE BOLD, BUT NOT TOO BOLD. Still she went on, till she came into the hall, and went up the broad stairs till she came to a door in the gallery, over which was written: BE BOLD, BE BOLD, BUT NOT TOO BOLD, LEST THAT YOUR HEART'S BLOOD SHOULD RUN COLD. But Lady Mary was a brave one, she was, and she opened the door, and what do you think she saw? Why, bodies and skeletons of beautiful young ladies all stained with blood.” 2 likes
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