"This monumental work has now become... the indispensable tool of all folk narrative scholars." Southern Folklore Quarterly
"A work of this kind can never be quite complete, but in this work Stith Thompson has approached perfection." Volkskunde
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Indiana University Press, with the generous support of the L. J. and Mary C. Skaggs Foundation, is pleased to announce the republication of this folklore classic, in honor of the centenary of the American Folklore Society.
**** Cited in Sheehy and BCL3. Subtitled: A classification of narrative elements in folktales, ballads, myths, fables, medieval romances, exempla, fabliaux, jest-books, and local legends. A republication of a folklore classic. An invaluable aid to students and scholars for over fifty years, the Motif-Index classifies the world's traditional oral and written stories into an easily understood system of narrative elements. This revised and enlarged six-volume edition, which was completed in 1958, doubled the 20,000 motifs recorded in the original edition. Index in Vol. 6 only. Vols. 1-5, $50 each; vol. 6, $60. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)