English Riddles in Oral Tradition

English Riddles in Oral Tradition

by Archer Taylor


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"This collection of riddles serves two purposes. It is, in the first place, a corpus of English traditional riddling ... . The widely scattered small collections of English popular riddles are here assembled and arranged systematically. An extensive view of the parallels and of related riddles provides a foundation for comparative studies." Archer Taylor

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781888215700
Publisher: Fathom Publishing Company
Publication date: 09/20/2017
Pages: 1000
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.97(d)

About the Author

Archer Taylor (August 1, 1890-September 30, 1973). Taylor earned his PhD at Harvard. He taught at Washington University in St. Louis 1915-25, University of Chicago 1925-39 and University of California, Berkeley 1939-58. Taylor published The Proverb (1931), its Index (1934) and Bibliography of Riddles (1939). Archer Taylor and Bartlett Jere Whiting published A Dictionary of American Proverbs and Proverbial Phrases, 1820-1880 (1958). He wrote A History of Bibliographies of Bibliographies (1955) and General Subject-Indexes Since 1548 (1966). His library is at University of Georgia, except his ballad collection at University of California, Berkeley. More information at www.archertaylor.com.

Table of Contents


I. Comparisons to a Living Creature, Nos. 1–335

II. Comparisons to an Animal, Nos. 336–458

III. Comparisons to Several Animals, Nos. 459–512

IV. Comparisons to a Person, Nos. 513–826

V. Comparisons to Several Persons, Nos. 827–1035

VI. Comparisons to Plants, Nos. 1036–1099

VII. Comparisons to Things, Nos. 1100–1259

VIII. Enumerations of Comparisons, Nos. 1260–1408

IX. Enumerations in Terms of Form or of Form and Function, Nos. 1409–1495

X. Enumerations in Terms of Color, Nos. 1496–1572

XI. Enumerations in Terms of Acts, Nos. 1573–1749

Notes to Chapters

Collections of Riddles Cited

Collections Arranged According to Languages

Index of Solutions

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