Joseph Jacobs first volumeEnglish Fairy Tales [1890]did not exhaust the scanty remains of traditional English folktales. Most of the forty-four tales that appear in More English Fairy Tales had never before appeared in print and are mostly not well known to modern audiences.

In compiling More English Fairy Tales [1894], Joseph Jacobs flouted the Florklorists creed, choosing to present stories that would fill children's imaginations with bright trains of images, Vividly Painted Princesses, Pied Pipers, Pots of Gold, Giants, Speaking Cats, Kings, Hoybahs, Wise Men, Washerwomen, and more overflow from this volume; all bound by the common threads of basic moral lessons. These tales are further embellished by the illustrations of the equally famous John D. Batten.

Many of the tales were recorded verbatim from storytellers. They are by no means in an authorised form, and are considered by purists to be vulgar or, rough and unrefined, if only because they make use of archaic and colloquial English. In the times following Jacobs original printing, the literary establishment objected to the use of such archaic colloquialisms. These tales were told for generations in a form that used these dialects and these vulgar words for effect. However, the traditional form makes these stories all the richer in todays modern setting.

We invite you to curl up with this volume and be transported back in time to when England had a hundred or more local dialectsa time when the words Lawkamercyme and Noddle were commonplace.

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