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The Way of the Storyteller

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As interest in the art of storytelling continues to grow, many books have appeared on the subject but none have matched the scope and charm of The Way of the Storyteller. First published in 1942, this classic work is unique in its blend of literary history, criticism, analysis, personal anecdote, and how-to instructions. Sawyer examines storytelling as a folk art and a still-living art, tracing its evolution from the earliest narrative impulses that developed as stories were written down. With simple suggestions,...

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Overview

As interest in the art of storytelling continues to grow, many books have appeared on the subject but none have matched the scope and charm of The Way of the Storyteller. First published in 1942, this classic work is unique in its blend of literary history, criticism, analysis, personal anecdote, and how-to instructions. Sawyer examines storytelling as a folk art and a still-living art, tracing its evolution from the earliest narrative impulses that developed as stories were written down. With simple suggestions, she instructs the reader in the art of storytelling and freeing the creative imagination by disciplining the mind. Sawyer's guide also includes an engaging selection of international stories sure to enchant both children and adults. The Way of the Storyteller also is an invaluable resource with a comprehensive reading and story list.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140044362
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1977
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Pages: 325
  • Sales rank: 1,444,080
  • Product dimensions: 5.14 (w) x 7.77 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Ruth Sawyer (1880-1970) traveled through America, Ireland, and Spain collecting tales. Her retellings were authentic, backed by scholarly research. A frequent and much admired speaker in the United States, Sawyer collaborated on the Caldecott Honor book, Journey Cake, Ho! with her son-in-law, and noted children's book author, Robert McCloskey.

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Table of Contents

Chapters
An Introduction Storytelling—A Folk-Art The Antiquity of It Pattern for the Past Experience The Building of Background The Power of Creative Imagination A Technique to Abolish Technique The Art of Selection Storytelling as an Approach to Children's Books and Reading Shall We Have Poetry in the Story Hour?
A Postscript to the Revised Edition
Stories
Wee Meg Barnileg and the Fairies The Magic Box Señora, Will You Snip? Señora, Will You Sew?
The Peddler of Ballaghadereen Where One Is Fed a Hundred Can Dine A Matter of Brogues The Juggler of Notre Dame The Deserted Mine The Bird Who Spoke Three Times The Legend of Saint Elizabeth The Princess and the Vagabone A Reading List A Story List Index

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