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Books in The Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library series

  • Favorite Folktales from Around the World

    Jane Yolen

    Paperback (Pantheon, Aug. 12, 1988)
    From Africa, Burma, and Czechoslovakia to Turkey, Vietnam, and Wales here are more than 150 of the world's best-loved folktales from more than forty countries and cultures. These tales of wonder and transformation, of heroes and heroines, of love lost and won, of ogres and trolls, stories both jocular and cautionary and legends of pure enchantment will delight readers and storytellers of all ages.With black-and-white drawings throughoutPart of the Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library
  • American Indian Myths and Legends

    Richard Erdoes, Alfonso Ortiz

    Paperback (Pantheon, )
  • The Norse Myths

    Kevin Crossley-Holland

    Paperback (Pantheon, July 12, 1981)
    Here are thirty-two classic myths that bring the pre-Christian Scandinavian world vividly to life. Gods, humans, and monstrous beasts engage in prodigious drinking bouts, contests of strength, greedy schemes for gold, and lusty encounters. Included are tales of Odin, the wisest and most fearsome of all the gods; Thor, the thundering powerhouse; and the exquisite mafic-wielding Freyja. Their stories bear witness to the courage, passion, and boundless spirit that were hallmarks of the Norse world.With black-and-white drawings throughoutPart of the Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library
  • Chinese Fairy Tales and Fantasies

    Moss Roberts

    Paperback (Pantheon, July 12, 1980)
    This collection of tales opens up a magical world far from our customary haunts. Ghost stories, romances, fables, and heroic sagas: the forms are familiar, but the characters we meet surprise us at every turn. For those who know and love the tales of the Grimms and Andersen, the universal themes of fairy tale literature emerge in these classic stories, but with a sophistication that is uniquely Chinese and altogether entrancing.With black-and-white drawings throughoutPart of the Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library
  • Russian Fairy Tales

    Aleksandr Afanasev, Alexander Alexeieff, Norbert Guterman, Roman Jakobson

    Paperback (Pantheon Books, Aug. 16, 1973)
    The most comprehensive collection of classic Russian tales available in English introduces readers to universal fairy-tale figures and to such uniquely Russian characters such as Koshchey the Deathless, Baba Yaga, the Swan Maiden, and the glorious Firebird. Beautifully illustrated, the more than 175 tales culled from a landmark multi-volume collection by the outstanding Russian ethnographer Aleksandr Afanas'ev reveal a rich, robust world of the imagination.Translated by Norbert GutermanIllustrated by Alexander AlexeieffWith black-and-white illustrations throughoutPart of the Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library
  • Folktales from India

    A.K. Ramanujan

    Paperback (Pantheon, Jan. 13, 1994)
    An enchanting collection of 110 tales, translated from twenty-two different languages, that are by turns harrowing and comic, sardonic and allegorical, mysterious and romantic. Gods disguised as beggars and beasts, animals enacting Machiavellian intrigues, sagacious jesters and magical storytellers, wise counselors and foolish kings—all inhabit a fabular world, yet one that is also firmly grounded in everyday life. Here is an indispensable guide to India's ageless folklore tradition.With black-and-white illustrations throughoutPart of the Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library
  • Afro-American Folktales

    Roger Abrahams

    Paperback (Pantheon, March 12, 1985)
    This addition to the Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library completes Roger Abrahams's masterful survey of taletelling in the black world by showing the vital forms African stories took as they entered the New World. These 107 tales come from the canefields of the antebellum South, the villages of Caribbean islands, and the streets of contemporary Philadelphia. Throbbing with life, they range from earthy comedy (in recounting the scandalous doings of tricksters Rabbit and Fox) to inventive "just-so" stories explaining why the world is the way it is, to moral fables about encounters between masters and slaves, kings and servants, black and white. Together, they robustly demonstrate the ways an uprooted people have drawn from the traditions of their past to fashion a life -- and with it, a whole new and vital culture -- in the New World.
  • Latin American Folktales: Stories from Hispanic and Indian Traditions

    John Bierhorst

    Paperback (Pantheon, Sept. 9, 2003)
    The wisdom and artistry of storytellers from Hispanic and Indian traditions preserve one of the world's richest folktale traditions—combining the lore of medieval Europe, the ancient Near East, and pre-Columbian America. Gathered from twenty countries, including the United States, the stories are brought together here in a core collection of one hundred tales arranged in the form of a velorio, or wake, the most frequent occasion for public storytelling. This is the first panoramic anthology of Hispano-American folk narratives in any language.Part of the Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library

    Beatrice Weinreich

    Hardcover (Pantheon, Nov. 5, 1988)
    Nearly 200 tales in this collection of Jewish folklore reveal the rich culture and tradition of Eastern European Jewry.
  • Yiddish Folktales

    Beatrice Weinreich

    Paperback (Schocken, Sept. 23, 1997)
    Filled with princesses and witches, dybbuks and wonder-working rebbes, the two hundred tales that make up this delightful compendium were gathered during the 1920s and 1930s by ethnographers in the small towns and villages of Eastern Europe. Collected from people of all walks of life, they include parables and allegories about life, luck, and wisdom; tales of magic and wonder; poignant encounters between rabbis and their disciples; and stories whose only purpose is to entertain. Long after the culture that produced them tragically disappeared, these enchanting Yiddish folktales continue to work their magic today.With black-and-white illustrations throughoutPart of the Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library
  • Norwegian Folk Tales

    Peter Christen Asbjornsen, Jorgen Moe

    Paperback (Pantheon, Aug. 12, 1982)
    These 35 folk tales have been gathered from Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe's landmark nineteenth-century collections, acclaimed by Jacob Grimm for their freshness and a fullness that "surpass nearly all others." In this sparkling translation by Pat Shaw and Carl Norman, accompanied by a selection of the magnificent original illustrations of Erik Werenskiold and Theodor Kittelsen, are captivating stories of witches, trolls, and ogres; sly foxes and mysterious bears; beautiful princesses and country lads-turned-heroes that brim with the matchless vitality and power of their original telling.Translated by Pat Shaw and Carl NormanWith black-and-white illustrations throughoutPart of the Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library
  • African American Folktales: Stories from Black Traditions in the New World

    Roger Abrahams

    Paperback (Pantheon, Jan. 9, 1999)
    Full of life, wisdom, and humor, these tales range from the earthy comedy of tricksters to accounts of how the world was created and got to be the way it is to moral fables that tell of encounters between masters and slaves. They include stories set down in nineteenth-century travelers' reports and plantation journals, tales gathered by collectors such as Joel Chandler Harris and Zora Neale Hurston, and narratives tape-recorded by Roger Abrahams himself during extensive expeditions throughout the American South and the Caribbean.With black-and-white illustrations throughoutPart of the Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folkore Library