GERMAN HERO-SAGAS AND FOLK-TALES by Barbara Leonie Picard
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GERMAN HERO-SAGAS AND FOLK-TALES

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Twenty stories -- six hero-sagas and fourteen folk tales- are masterfully told here by Barbara Leonie Picard, author of French Legends, Tales, and Fairy Stories. This addition to the Oxford Myths and Legends series contains in its first section those heroic episodes about which German mythology revolves and on which the Wagner cycle is based. The second section presents stories, some familiar, some obscure, of a less epic stature -- Till Eulenspiegal, the Ratcatcher of Hamelin, Reineke Fox -- tales of earthy wisdom, comedy, and wonder. Barbara Leonie Picard's direct and potent narrative lends itself particularly well to these German stories which are noted, not for their delicacy and preciousness, but rather for the immensity of their scope and their unadorned virility.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1958
Publisher: Henry Walck