It aspires to being a modernized fairy tale
, in which the wonderment and joy are retained and the heartaches and nightmares are left out.
There were certain tales which all minstrels had to know, and the best among them could tell three hundred and fifty.
At length, after many years had passed, men began to write down these tales, so that they might not be forgotten.
As in most of my writings I insist not on the events but on their effect upon the persons in the tale
Poe's initial salary with the "Southern Literary Messenger," to which he contributed the first drafts of a number of his best-known tales
, was $10 a week
The most wonderful fairy tales
grow out of that which is reality; were that not the case, you know, my magnificent Elderbush could not have grown out of the tea-pot.
His mind and eye were keen, besides, for moral qualities; he penetrated directly through all the pretenses of falsehood and hypocrisy; while how thoroughly he understood and respected honest worth appears in the picture of the Poor Parson in the Prolog to 'The Canterbury Tales
But the narrative of Hephaestus binding Here his mother, or how on another occasion Zeus sent him flying for taking her part when she was being beaten, and all the battles of the gods in Homer--these tales
must not be admitted into our State, whether they are supposed to have an allegorical meaning or not.
, therefore, though less purely Oriental than in their first concoction, were eminently better fitted for the European market, and obtained an unrivalled degree of public favour, which they certainly would never have gained had not the manners and style been in some degree familiarized to the feelings and habits of the western reader.
And I have noticed another thing: that as the short tale
grows into the long tale
, the original intention (or motif) is apt to get abolished and find itself superseded by a quite different one.
Now, my friends," said she, "to wile away the time till the bright moon goes down, let us each tell a tale
, or relate what we have done or learned this day.
He said he would state the case exactly accord- ing to the facts; he would tell the simple straightfor- ward tale
, without comment of his own; "and then," said he, "if ye find glory and honor due, ye will give it unto him who is the mightiest man of his hands that ever bare shield or strake with sword in the ranks of Christian battle -- even him that sitteth there