Review: Edna St. Vincent Millay, There Are No Islands, Any More: Lines Written in Passion and in Deep Concern for England, France, and My Own Country. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1940; 12 pages, hardcover In 1940, American poet and Pulitzer–Prize winner Edna St. Vincent Millay wrote a twenty-one-stanza epistolary poem called “There Are No […]
The Further Adventures of Jack the Giant Killer
Beyond the Beanstalk! Here are twelve all new, rollicking Southern tales about Jack the Giant Killer!
“You can almost hear the crickets chirping and the rocking chair creaking on the cabin porch as you listen to Robert Hudson’s distinctly Southern voice spinning out these trickster tales reminiscent of the Jack tales retold by Richard Chase in the middle of the last century.
“As long as there have been stories, Jack has been climbing more than beanstalks, and Hudson mines an amazingly deep repertoire of antique world folktales for these fresh retellings. He has found Jack traipsing through Babylon and ancient Sumer, trekking through Malaysia and Japan, and wandering through tales told by Homer, by Taoist monks, and by Pliny the Younger. The trickster shows up in fables by Aesop and supping at King Arthur’s Round Table.
“As you hearken to the narrative of Jack’s vanquishing of giants, his confrontations with otherworldly intimidators and real-world oppressors, you’ll recognize his picaresque encounters as archetypal episodes that represent the deepest human fears even while they embody the greatest of human comforts—story.”
— Donald R. Hettinga is the author of The Brothers Grimm: Two Lives, One Legacy and the coeditor of Sitting at the Feet of the Past: Retelling the North American Folktale for Children. He teaches children’s literature at Calvin University.