There were certain tales which all minstrels had to know, and the best among them could tell three hundred and fifty.
At length, after many years had passed, men began to write down these tales, so that they might not be forgotten.
I had just finished writing "The End of the Tether" and was casting about for some subject which could be developed in a shorter form than the tales
in the volume of "Youth" when the instance of a steamship full of returning coolies from Singapore to some port in northern China occurred to my recollection.
Poe's initial salary with the "Southern Literary Messenger," to which he contributed the first drafts of a number of his best-known tales
, was $10 a week!
"But that is no fairy tale
," said the little boy, who was listening to the story.
The great work of the period, however, and the crowning achievement of Chaucer's life, is 'The Canterbury Tales
.' Every one is familiar with the plan of the story (which may well have had some basis in fact): how Chaucer finds himself one April evening with thirty other men and women, all gathered at the Tabard Inn in Southwark (a suburb of London and just across the Thames from the city proper), ready to start next morning, as thousands of Englishmen did every year, on a pilgrimage to the shrine of St.
There you are right, he replied; but if any one asks where are such models to be found and of what tales
are you speaking-- how shall we answer him?
"Merlin, the mighty liar and magician, perdition singe him for the weariness he worketh with his one tale
! But that men fear him for that he hath the storms and the lightnings and all the devils that be in hell at his beck and call, they would have dug his en- trails out these many years ago to get at that tale
and squelch it.
THE first three numbers in this collection are tales
of the White Hills in New Hampshire.
Since then, at an uncertain hour, That agony returns; And till my ghastly tale
is told, This heart within me burns.
The author did not make any obstinate opposition, for he began to be of opinion with Dr Wheeler, in Miss Edgeworth's excellent tale
of ``Man uvring,'' that ``Trick upon Trick'' might be too much for the patience of an indulgent public, and might be reasonably considered as trifling with their favour.
Once on a time I really imagined myself "an author of fairy tales
," but now I am merely an editor or private secretary for a host of youngsters whose ideas I am requestsed to weave into the thread of my stories.