(3/20/03 10:49:29 am)
American Fairy Tales|
I am looking for American Fairy tales and I would appreciate anything you could send me on this topic
I have distinguished what i am looking for as written folktales written by American authors that created their own tale, they did not borrow from another culture. I am NOT looking for myths or Tall Tales. They can be native or african american in nature so long as they fufill the above requirements.
Thank you so much for your help, I really appreciate it!
(3/21/03 5:51:53 am)
Re: American Fairy Tales|
You may have a tough row to hoe if you don't include any American tales that have roots in other cultures. A lot of American tales have antecedents across the pond, so to speak, or in Africa and other places were peoples originally came from. Native tales might be your best bet, though this will depend on your definition of fairy tale. Judith could perhaps speak more to this. Also, are you looking for literary or folk tales - oral tales that were later collected and written down?
(3/21/03 8:27:29 am)
American Art Tales|
Someone recently distinguished between tales from oral tradition that had been written down and tales created by their authors, or art tales. Perhaps what your looking for are American art tales?
Nathanial Hawthorne's Tanglewood Tales, might qualify (though I'm not sure they have many fairies in them).
Washington Irving has some great ones including the well-known Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle. However, he also liked to write about all sorts of colorful goings on in other times and places.
Louisa May Alcott's Flower Fables are mentioned in another thread.
Carl Sandburg's Rootabega Stories might qualify.
Virginia Hamilton's The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales is a modern classic.
Thorton Burgess' Old Mother West Wind are animal tales written for children, whose origins I suspect might be Uncle Remus, whose origins in turn are African folk tales.
(By the way a new edition of Uncle Remus has just been released.)
I think the Oz tales should qualify, they've certainly become embedded in the culture.
We also have a number of American authors who happen to write art tales on this board. Whether or not they would distinguish their writing as "American" is another matter altogether.
It depends on what you want and for what purpose.