Friday, May 6, 2011

Public Domain - Folktales, Myths & Legends Oh My!

                     Folktales of the Bengal
                      Warwick Goble, 1913
These are a few of the free antique books I have downloaded from Google books and other online sources. They are now in the public domain for your reading pleasure.

Many are also available for download directly to a Kindle so you can read on the go. From time to time I will add more to this blog but for now, ready, set, click!

Ancient Legends, Mystic Charms and Superstitions of Ireland - From 1902 a wonderful antique book full of tales and information by Lady Wilde, mother of Oscar Wilde.

Animal Folk Tales
by Anne A. Stanley, published in 1916.

Bengal Fairy Tales by F.B. Bradley-Brit, 1920. Brahmins, jackals, riddles and more.

The Celtic Twilight - Offered by William Butler Yeats and published in 1893, he writes in the forward, “I have invented nothing but my own comments and one or two deceitful sentences that may keep some poor storytellers discourse with the devils and the angels….”

Chinese Legends, Or, The Porcelain Tower - There are many wonderful myths, folktales and legends from China is this 1848 book by Thomas Henry Seal..

Cossack Fairy Tales and Folktales by Robert Nisbet Bain, 1902 – Bain collected these folktales from Ruthenian, the language of the Cossacks, a language intermediate between Russian and Polish.  

Fairy Tales from Brazil: How and Why Tales from Brazilian Folk-lore - “Theresa, the ama, stands before us on the terrace under the mango trees…and we know the story hour has begun. ..To sit at the feet of Theresa, the ama, is to enter storyland. Enjoy and read online or download for your files, eighteen pourquoi tales collected by Elsie Spicer Eells from1917.

Folklore and Legends – England and Scotland by Charles J. Tibbets, 1894.

Folk-Tales of Bengal by Lal Behari Day, 1912.

The Gold Path Reader, 1912 by Sheath, Hodges and Stevens

Gypsy Folktales by Francis Hindes Groome, 1899.

Irish Fairy Tales - Brought to you by James Stephens all the way from 1920; beginning with The Story of Tuan Mac Cairill and ending with Mongan’s Frenzy.

Irish Fairy Tales, Folklore and Legend - Illustrated by Geoffrey Strahan and published in 1904 this book offers a variety of English, Scottish and Irish folk-lore.

The Laughing Prince: A Book of Jugoslav Fairy Tales and Folk Tales, by Parker Fillmore, 1921. Fourteen tales to add a smile to your day.

Louisiana Folktales by Alcée Fortier, 1895 shared in both French dialect with English translation.

Myths and Legends of Alaska – Download this book from 1911 and the Land of the Midnight Sun!

The Pearl Fountain and Other Fairy Tales by Bridget and Julia Kavanaugh, 1876. Eleven fairytales from long ago.

Russian Folk-tales by William Ralston Shedden Ralston, 1880. Full of myths, legends, and folktales of demons, witches, vampires and ghouls if you dare!

West African Folk-Tales by W.H. Barker and Cecilia Sinclair – Children love animal and Anansi stories. This book will help add some new tales to your repertoire. Please note that this is a downloadable pdf file and will require that you open the file to access the stories.


Mary Grace said...

Karen, you find the most amazing things! Thanks!

Danielle Schulman said...

This is a great resource all in one place. Thanks once again, Karen! :)

Karen Chace said...

Thank you ladies. Your comments really do fill my heart and add a smile to my day!


Margaret said...

Great resources. Thanks!

Maggid said...

Super Wow!!!

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