Sewing the Nettle Shirt, Pulling the Sword

  • Jane Yolen
Part of the Literary Cultures and Childhoods book series (LICUCH)


Jane Yolen is often called the Hans Christian Andersen of America because of her many original fairy tales and retellings of old stories, plus her numerous novels, picture books, and poems based on folklore and fairy tales. In “Sewing the Nettle Shirt, Pulling the Sword,” Yolen looks at the stories from her childhood that shoved her onto the literary storytelling path. She also parses a few well-known fairy stories in ways that may surprise the reader, linking her own tales as securely to modern culture and politics as Victorian and earlier tales were anchored in their own world. Explaining that she writes “not in cursive but in folklore,” she asserts that she is “drenched in mythos and it comes out as story.”

Bibliography of Books by Jane Yolen

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jane Yolen
    • 1
  1. 1.HatfieldUSA

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