"What Perrault began, the Grimms completed."Joseph Jacobs
was a nineteenth century writer who collected English and Celtic fairy tales because — as the quote shows — he objected to the monopoly of German and French fairy tales over English children. The best known of these tales is "Jack and the Beanstalk
", 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 Fairy Tale
His collections include:
- English Fairy Tales, containing "Jack and the Beanstalk", "Childe Rowland", "The Rose Tree", "Cap o' Rushes", "Kate Crackernuts", and "Molly Whuppie".
- More English Fairy Tales, containing "The Black Bull of Norroway" (a variant on "East of the Sun and West of the Moon"), "Tamlane", and three variants on "Cinderella", "Tattercoats", "Catskin", and "Rushen Coatie".
- Celtic Fairy Tales, containing "Gold-Tree and Silver-Tree", a variant on "Snow White".
- More Celtic Fairy Tales
- Indian Fairy Tales
- 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: