The Way of the Storyteller

The Way of the Storyteller

A Great Storyteller Shares Her Rich Experience and Joy in Her Art and Tells Eleven of Her Best-Loved Stories

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  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140044362
  • 352 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult


As interest in the art of storytelling continues to grow, many books have appeared on the subject but none have matched the scope and charm of The Way of the Storyteller. First published in 1942, this classic work is unique in its blend of literary history, criticism, analysis, personal anecdote, and how-to instructions. Sawyer examines storytelling as a folk art and a still-living art, tracing its evolution from the earliest narrative impulses that developed as stories were written down. With simple suggestions, she instructs the reader in the art of storytelling and freeing the creative imagination by disciplining the mind. Sawyer’s guide also includes an engaging selection of international stories sure to enchant both children and adults. The Way of the Storyteller also is an invaluable resource with a comprehensive reading and story list.

Table of Contents

An Introduction
Storytelling—A Folk-Art
The Antiquity of It
Pattern for the Past
The Building of Background
The Power of Creative Imagination
A Technique to Abolish Technique
The Art of Selection
Storytelling as an Approach to Children’s Books and Reading
Shall We Have Poetry in the Story Hour?
A Postscript to the Revised Edition
Wee Meg Barnileg and the Fairies
The Magic Box
Señora, Will You Snip? Señora, Will You Sew?
The Peddler of Ballaghadereen
Where One Is Fed a Hundred Can Dine
A Matter of Brogues
The Juggler of Notre Dame
The Deserted Mine
The Bird Who Spoke Three Times
The Legend of Saint Elizabeth
The Princess and the Vagabone
A Reading List
A Story List