Tales, Myths, and Legends

Bullfinch's MythologyThomas Bullfinch
One Thousand and One Nights(Arabian Nights) India, Iran, Iraq, Egypt
The Canterbury TalesGeoffrey Chaucer
FaustJohann Wolfgang von Goethe
Fairy Tales and StoriesHans Christian Anderson
Household TalesBrothers Grimm
Le Morte d'ArthurThomas Malroy
Fables of La FontaineJean de La Fontaine
Njal's SagaIceland
The Complete Writings of Alfred de MussetAlfred de Musset
Aesop's Fables        Aesop
Dark symphony: Negro literature in AmericaJames Emanual & Theodor Gross
The Negro Caravan: Writings by American NegroesSterling A. Brown, Arthur P. Davis, Ulysses Lee
The Narrow Road to the Deep NorthMatsuo Bashō
Essays and AphorismsArthur Schopenhauer
Italian FolktalesItalo Calvino
The Tootinameh; Or, Tales of a ParrotIndia, Iran
TracesErnest Bloch
Tales from the KathasaritsagaraSomadeva
The Jungle BookRudyard Kipling
Edmund Dulac's Fairy-BookEdmund Dulac
The Protocols of the Elders of ZionUnknown
Native American FolktalesThomas A. Green
The Quest for the Golden FleeceUnknown
The Twelve Labours of HerculesUnknown
The Complete Fairy Tales of Charles PerraultCharles Perrault
Orpheus and EurydiceUnknown
African American FolktalesDavid Haynes
Masterworks of the Classical Haida MythtellersRobert Bringhurst
Poetic EddaNorway


  1. Aren't you interested in reading the Poetic Edda? I've always enjoyed reading Norse mythology. Also, I believe, Tolkien drew a great deal of inspiration from these works.

    I'm so excited to see The Narrow Road to the Deep North on your list!!!:D

    1. Upon your recommendation, I added the Poetic Edda. Thanks Risa, and thanks for the feedback on the other lists as well. I may not get to The Narrow Road for a while, but when I do, I'll compare notes with you. Cheers.


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