Folktales for Adults

The following is a brief bibliography compiled by Susan Getchell (2009) of titles for use in storytelling to adults.  In my humble opinion, Susan is one of the best storytellers out there.  She has the ability to take you with her to a special place of story.

Chinen, Allan B. Once Upon A Midlife; classic stories and mythic tales to illuminate the middle years. Los Angeles:  Jeremy P. Tarcher, Inc., 1992

Thomas, Ann G.  The Women We Become; myths, folktales and stories about growing older. Rocklin CA:  Prima Books, 1997

Pijoan, Teresa,  White Wolf Woman; and other Native American transformation myths. Little Rock AR:  August House, 1992

Creeden, Sharon.  Fair is Fair; world folktales of justice. Little Rock AR:  August House, 1994

I think I would add to this list Italian Fables by Italo Calvino (this is a book I’ve had on my shelf for years and I’m not sure if it’s still in print, but anything by Calvino is good for telling) and any of the shorter stories by Anton Chekhov.


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