Some Famous Storytellers
Every country and culture across the world has had their favorite, famous storytellers. By telling their stories, they have only enhanced the richness in our lives, thus building compassion and understanding amongst people. Here are some of the well-known storytellers of the times gone by:
Scheherazade was one of the many slaves of the Sultan Schahriah who they say that if he was displeased with anybody, he had his head removed. Scheherazade, in order to please the king and keep him interested, told him a story a night for 1001 nights to save her life. She entertained the Sultan with Persian, Arabian and Indian folk tales, handed down through generations. She was clever enough to stop at the most exciting part of the story and thus keep the Sultan interested and waiting until the next day to hear the rest of the story. The Sultan, was impressed with her abilities and granted Scheherazade her life. Her stories were passed down through centuries, were written down and are still read and told today. Remember Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, Sinbad and Aladdin and his magic lamp?
Grimm's Fairy Tales are full of wicked stepmothers, witches, demons, goblins and assorted monsters. Reflecting the hard and cruel life the people in Central Europe in 18th century, some of these stories collected mainly from Germany were so horrifying that religious leaders and educators forced the Grimm Brothers to modify the tales, removing the forbidden topics. Today most of the Grimm Brothers tales have been further altered to remove any violence and gore. Some all time favorites are "Cinderella," "Little Red Riding Hood" and "Snow White".
Hans Christian Andersen
Hans Christian Andersen of Denmark was said to have been an ugly child. As he had no friends, he was forced to play alone. His fantasy world and imagination was fueled by books, which revolved about famous men who had risen out of poverty to fortune and fame. After his father’s death, Hans moved to Copenhagen at the age of 14. While he traveled around the country, he acted in plays, and told stories to children. He still had not made it big even after turning 30. When he penned down the tales that he had told the children, this ugly ducking became a swan of the literary world at that time. Some of his famous stories are "The Emperor's New Clothes," "The Ugly Duckling," and "The Princess and the Pea", which still delight children of all ages even today.
Charles Perrault's lived in France in the 17th century. He wrote children's fairy tales based on well-liked folk tales and was one of the first French authors who wrote mainly for children. Stories such as "Sleeping Beauty," "Tom Thumb," and "Puss in Boots" are world famous.
Joel Chandler Harris' Uncle Remus Tales from southern United States is still told today for their pure entertainment value. Though the tales have created substantial controversy about racism, they will always remain popular with masses.
The above is only a small example of famous storytellers in history