First published in 1887, after it became apparent that many of the
same folktales were told in different countries and even on
different continents, this volume attempts to uncover the origins,
similarities and variations of works of early literature and
collections of folktales from Egyptian, Chinese Budhist, Indian,
Arabic, Persian and European cultures. I t retells classic tales,
then invites the reader to judge of their common origin, and the
transformations they have undergone in passing from one country to
another. While some of the tales are familiar to modern readers,
many are not. This edition includes: original folktales collected
from all over Europe, Asia and North Africa; an introduction
including literary appreciation for Clouston's work and an overview
of modern comparative folktale research; and reference directing
the reader to recent scholarship devoted to the tales in question.
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