More English Fairy Tales Author:Joseph Jacobs Believing that you can't have too much of a good thing, Joseph Jacobs followed up his "English Fairy Tales", which had established itself as a "kind of English Grimm," by refining more of the same rich ore for this sequel.... — How rich is the gift! Jacobs could have been Three Wise Men, so far flung are the sources of the tales. As in the firs... more »t book, there are ample Notes and References corraled off int he back of the book, explaining the relation of the Pied Piper of Franchville to the Browning version, and dozens of other story themes and their variations from all over Europe and Asia. There are cruel stepfather and stepmother stories; the answer-the-riddle-or-else stories; and save-the-king's-daughter stories, and of course, the three-wishes stories. We get an English version of Cinderella ("Rushen Coatie"), with the three ugly sisters, and the glass slippers, but no pumpkin or coachment; and it's at a church, not at a party, that she meets the prince. We also get a straight-faced listing of English and Celtic variants in various elements of the story.
The illustrations by John D. Batten vary in style from pre-Raphaelite to cartoon silhouette, and all are marvelously apt. He is especially good on dragons and Hobyahs.« less