The Baldwin Project: Joseph Jacobs
T h e B a l d w i n O n l i n e C h i l d r e n ' s P r o j e c t
Bringing Yesterday's Classics to Today's Children
(1854 - 1916)
From Children's Literature: A Textbook of Source for Teachers and
Teacher-Training Classes by Charles Madison Curry and Erle Elsworth Clippinger, 1920, 1921,
comes the following introduction to Joseph Jacobs:
Teachers and parents owe a greater debt of gratitude to Joseph Jacobs
than to any other modern student of folklore. He was born in Australia in 1854,
spent most of his life in scholarly pursuits in England, and
died in America in 1916. In his six volumes of English, Celtic, Indian,
and European tales he gave the world versions of its best known and most
representative folk stories in a form suited to children while remaining
true in all essentials to the original
oral versions of the folk. This combination of scientific accuracy and literary
workmanship is very rare. In the introductions and notes to these various
volumes may be found a wealth of information which the general reader can
understand without the necessity of special training in the science of folklore.
And best of all, these volumes can be had at prices that are comparatively cheap.
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