->''"What Perrault began, the Grimms completed."''

Joseph Jacobs (29 August 1854 30 January 1916) was a nineteenth century Australian folklorist and writer who collected English and Celtic fairy tales because -- as the quote shows -- he objected to the monopoly of [[Creator/TheBrothersGrimm German]] and [[Creator/CharlesPerrault French]] fairy tales over English children. The best known of these tales is "Literature/JackAndTheBeanstalk", his version being not the oldest known but certainly the oldest known of the most common form. He omitted the moralizing addition that Jack was told that the giant's treasures had been stolen from his own father both because it had not been in the version he had heard as a child, and because he thought children knew it was wrong without being told so in a FairyTale. Other tales you probably heard from are ''Literature/GoldilocksAndTheThreeBears'' and ''Literature/TheThreeLittlePigs''.

His collections include:
* ''[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/authors/jacobs.html#ENGLISH English Fairy Tales]]'', containing "Literature/JackAndTheBeanstalk", "Literature/ChildeRowland", "Literature/TheRoseTree", "Literature/CapORushes", "Literature/KateCrackernuts", and "Literature/MollyWhuppie".
* ''[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/authors/jacobs.html#MOREENGLISH More English Fairy Tales]]'', containing "The Black Bull of Norroway" (a variant on "Literature/EastOfTheSunAndWestOfTheMoon"), "Literature/{{Tamlane}}", and three variants on "Literature/{{Cinderella}}", "Literature/{{Tattercoats}}", "Literature/{{Catskin}}", and "Rushen Coatie".
* ''[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/authors/jacobs.html#CELTIC Celtic Fairy Tales]]'', containing "Gold-Tree and Silver-Tree", a variant on "Literature/SnowWhite".
* ''[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/authors/jacobs.html#MORECELTIC More Celtic Fairy Tales]]''
* ''[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/authors/jacobs.html#INDIAN Indian Fairy Tales]]''
* ''[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/authors/jacobs.html#EUROPEAN European Folk and Fairy Tales]]'', containing many of the most familiar tales in slightly different forms than most people have heard of them.
!!Tropes featured in Joseph Jacobs' fairy tale collections:
* AtTheCrossroads: "The King of England and His Three Sons"
* BalefulPolymorph: "The Greek Princess and the Young Gardener"
* DancesAndBalls
* DeathByChildbirth: Tattercoat's mother
* DueToTheDead: In "The Rose Tree" the stepmother fails, and her child succeeds.
* TheFairFolk: A rare phenomena: actual fairies in a fairy tale, "Literature/KateCrackernuts". But not nice ones.
* ForbiddenFruit: In "Gold-Tree And Silver-Tree" the second wife disobeys her husband's command not to go into a certain room. Fortunately, for once, because she revives Gold-Tree.
* GenderFlip:
** "Molly Whuppie" features in the tale type known as "The Small Boy Defeats the Ogre"
** "The Fish and the Ring" features a poor girl destined to marry a rich noble's son.
** "Kate Crackernuts" features a flip of "The Twelve Dancing Princesses"
* GreenEyedMonster: In "Kate Crackernuts". Kate is not the target of it; her mother targets her stepsister Ann.
* ItWasWithYouAllAlong: In "A Pottle O' Brains", the fool brings his clever wife when he goes to answer the wise woman's riddles to get a pottle of brains. The woman then explains that he has them already: in his wife's head.
* LoveAtFirstSight: "The Greek Princess and the Young Gardener"
* MistakenNationality: Jacobs is often thought to be British, but he was actually born in Australia and only moved to England at age 18. The last 16 years of his life he spent in the United States.
* NobleFugitive: Catskin, Rashen-Coatie
* OldRetainer
* PersonWithTheClothing: "Tattercoats", "Rushen Coatie"
* PinocchioSyndrome: "The Greek Princess and the Young Gardener"
* PrinceCharming: Tattercoats gets a particularly charming one: he actually falls in love with her in her rags.
* TheQuest: In "The Buried Moon"
* SculleryMaid: Catskin
* SheCleansUpNicely: "Catskin", and "Rushen Coatie". Not, however "Tattercoats"
* StandardHeroReward: Molly Whuppie and Kate Crackernuts (Told you they were a GenderFlip.)
* RagsToRoyalty
* WhenTheClockStrikesTwelve
* WickedStepmother: In "The Rose Tree"