Traditional Slovak Folktales

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Pavol Dobsinsky (1828-85) collected the tales and published them between 1858 and 1883; few have been translated. The collection appeared at a time when the Slovak literary language was still being formed, and influenced its course. Cooper (Czech and Russian literature, Columbia U.) taught English in Slovakia in the early 1990s. To the 50 tales, he adds a pronunciation guide, glossary, classifications and commentaries, an essay on the 19th-century tradition of collecting tales, a map, and a substantial introduction. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Table of Contents

Pronunciation Guide
1 The Enchanted Forest 3
2 Two Rascals 11
3 The Wizard 16
4 Stovey the Fool 19
5 The Spinner of Gold 21
6 The Gypsy Duped the Devil 26
7 Raduz and L'udmila 28
8 The Golden Horseshoe, the Golden Feather, and the Golden Hair 36
9 Brother Birdie 47
10 Lomidrevo or Valibuk 50
11 The Bear and the Mosquito 67
12 The Little Deer 69
13 Kubo's Adventures 75
14 Mataj 79
15 Dalajlama 88
16 We Three Brothers 95
17 Lady Kitty 98
18 Bladder-Blatherskite and His Friends 103
19 Vintalko 105
20 Sitno 113
21 The People-Eaters 115
22 The Sorceress Queen 122
23 Heavenly Glory 129
24 Old Bodrik and the Wolf 133
25 A Pair of Equal Beauty 135
26 Klinko and Kompit King 140
27 Kinglet, Cooklet, and Ashlet 146
28 The Old Maid and the Devil 154
29 The Tale of the Foolish Woman 157
30 Johnny Pea 160
31 The Man Who Never Sinned 171
32 Beautiful Ibronka 173
33 The Shorn Nanny Goat and the Hedgehog 178
34 The Old Man and the Twelve Sheep 182
35 The Twelve Months 186
36 The Wooden Cow 192
37 A Woman's Wit 199
38 The Toad's Godmother 204
39 The Kids 206
40 Salt over Gold 208
41 The Tinkers and the Evil One 214
42 The Honest Valach 217
43 Auntie Death 222
44 Petor and the Heavenly Father in the Wide Vale 224
45 The King of Time 229
46 The Baca and the Dragon 235
47 The Golden-Horned Stag 240
48 Right 244
49 The Dead Suitor 253
50 Popolvar, the Greatest in the World 257
Classifications and Commentaries to the Tales 271
App Tale Collection in Nineteenth-Century Slovakia and the Origin of Traditional Slovak Folktales 279
Map: Slovak Countries in Nineteenth Century Austro-Hungary 280
Bibliography 296
About the Author 298
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