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Shakespeare and the folktale : an anthology of stories

Author: Charlotte Artese
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2019] ©2019
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"An international collection of the traditional tales that inspired some of Shakespeare's greatest plays. Shakespeare knew a good story when he heard one, and he wasn't afraid to borrow from what he heard or read, especially traditional folktales. The Merchant of Venice, for example, draws from "A Pound of Flesh," while King Lear begins in the same way as "Love Like Salt," with a king asking his three daughters how  Read more...
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Named Person: William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charlotte Artese
ISBN: 9780691190860 0691190860 9780691190853 0691190852
OCLC Number: 1089563296
Description: x, 377 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Acknowledgments; INTRODUCTION; I. THE TAMING OF THE SHREW; Taming of the Shrew; Svend Grundtvig, "The Most Obedient Wife"; Angus MacLellan, "How a Bad Daughter Was Made a Good Wife"; Lord for a Day; Anonymous Ballad, "The Frolicksome Duke: Or, The Tinker's Good Fortune"; From The Thousand and One Nights, "Asleep and Awake"; The Wicked Queen Reformed by Whipping by a Cobbler; Rachel Harriette Busk, "The Queen and the Tripe- Seller"; II. THE COMEDY OF ERRORS; The Twins or Blood- Brothers; Giambattista Basile, "The Enchanted Doe" ; D.L.R. and E. O. Lorimer, "The Story of the Two Golden Brothers"Roger D. Abrahams, "Black Jack and White Jack"; III. TITUS ANDRONICUS; The Revenge of the Castrated Man; Mas'udi, "Revenge"; Gerald of Wales, "The Scene of Sorrows"; Anonymous Ballad, "The Lady and the Blackamoor"; The Maiden without Hands; Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, "The Maiden without Hands"; Peter Buchan, "The Cruel Stepmother"; W. Henry Jones and Lewis L. Kropf, "The Envious Sisters"; Italo Calvino, "Olive"; Aleksandr Afanas'ev, "The Armless Maiden"; IV. THE MERCHANT OF VENICE; A Pound of Flesh; Johannes de Alta Silva, "The Creditor"Yolando Pino- Saavedra, "White Onion"; Dov Noy, "The Cruel Creditor"; Meherjibhai Nosherwanji Kuka, "Fareed and the Kázi"; Three Caskets; Patrick Kennedy, "The Maid in the Country Underground"; V. ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL; The Man Who Deserted His Wife; Giovanni Francesco Straparola, "Ortodosio, Isabella, Argentina"; Italo Calvino, "Catherine the Wise"; Inea Bushnaq, "The Sultan's Camp Follower"; Sangendi Mahalingam Natesa Sastri, "The Talisman of Chastity"; VI. KING LEAR; Love Like Salt; Joseph Jacobs, "Cap o' Rushes"; Jean- François Bladé, "The Turkey- Girl"Jean- Baptiste Frédéric Ortoli, "Marie, the King's Daughter"; Naki Tezel, "The Gift of God"; Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, "The Goose Girl at the Spring"; VII. CYMBELINE; The Wager on the Wife's Chastity; Yolando Pino- Saavedra, "The Wager on the Wife's Chastity"; Kurt Ranke, "The Innkeeper of Moscow"; Italo Calvino, "Wormwood"; J. M. Synge, "The Lady O'Conor"; Snow White; Yolando Pino- Saavedra, "Blanca Rosa and the Forty Thieves"; Violet Paget, "The Glass Coffin"; Alan Bruford, "Lasair Gheug, the King of Ireland's Daughter"; The Maiden Who Seeks Her BrothersPeter Christian Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe, "The Twelve Wild Ducks"; VIII. THE TEMPEST; The Magic Flight; Joseph Jacobs, "Nix Nought Nothing"; Peter Buchan, "Green Sleeves"; Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, "The Two Kings' Children"; Zora Neale Hurston, "Jack Beats the Devil"; Marie- Catherine d'Aulnoy, "The Bee and the Orange Tree."
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"An international collection of the traditional tales that inspired some of Shakespeare's greatest plays. Shakespeare knew a good story when he heard one, and he wasn't afraid to borrow from what he heard or read, especially traditional folktales. The Merchant of Venice, for example, draws from "A Pound of Flesh," while King Lear begins in the same way as "Love Like Salt," with a king asking his three daughters how much they love him, then banishing the youngest when her cryptic reply displeases him. This unique anthology presents more than forty versions of folktales related to eight Shakespeare plays: The Taming of the Shrew, The Comedy of Errors, Titus Andronicus, The Merchant of Venice, All's Well That Ends Well, King Lear, Cymbeline, and The Tempest. These fascinating and diverse tales come from Europe, the Middle East, India, the Caribbean, and South America, and include stories by Gerald of Wales, Marie-Catherine d'Aulnoy, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, Giambattista Basile, J. M. Synge, Zora Neale Hurston, Italo Calvino, and many more. Organized by play, each chapter includes a brief introduction discussing the intriguing connections between the play and the gathered folktales. Shakespeare and the Folktale can be read for the pure pleasure these lively tales give as much as for the insight into Shakespeare's plays they provide."--provided by publisher.

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