This is a reblog of a post by the lovely, helpful Suz Korb.
Most books have a story-behind-the-story, and mine is no exception. This collection has its roots in an event that happened when I was a young girl. Read on…
Dragon Hoard and Other Tales of Faerie came out of a desire for more fairy tales that felt true to the spirit of the original stories I’d read as a child.
We were poor when I was young, and any book given to me was a treasure. One day, when my parents were visiting friends, the kind hostess noticed me sitting quietly in the corner with nothing to do, and she gave me a marvelous book. It was old, published in the Forties. The binding was fragile, but it had over a thousand pages, printed on thin paper with double columns like a Bible. It was a collection of children’s literature, with all the old standbys—Mother Goose and the Three Little Pigs and such—but it also had poetry by Shakespeare, and whoever had compiled it had chosen versions of folklore that required me to stretch to read it.
For the rest, go to http://suzkorb15.blogspot.co.uk/2015/12/cathleen-townsend-dragon-hoard-and.html.
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