This is a superb job, and so comprehensive, that the public library with funds too limited to represent Botkin and Ben Clough adequately, need not feel cheated with this volume. From 19 areas, 200 tales have been brought together, varying from short shorts to 10,000 word length. There are legends, myths, fables, the best retelling in modern versions (as with Constance Rourke, Zora Neale Hurston, Frank Dobie, Babette Deutsch). There are original sources of classics like Rip Van Winkle, William Tell, Taming of the Shrew. Readability was made the major criterion of inclusion, with authoritative source, reflection of national character, antiquity, popularity, as additional factors. The romance of chivalry is deliberately omitted. The household tale is the fundamental basis.