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Friday, May 22, 2015

Hauff - Caliph Stork, parts 4 & 5 - Keeping the Public in Public Domain

With the introduction of the "Captive Owl" we entered the heart of Hauff's story.  I could continue with yet another day, but tomorrow I want to post an event here in Southeastern Michigan.  Fortunately parts 4 and 5 are a bit shorter than the earlier sections.  Be sure to look after the story for a few more suggestions from me at the end.

So our Caliph has had his life forever changed by his own case of laryngitis of a most unusual sort.  My own is showing signs of lifting.  The trick is to not push an ear and throat viral infection into being more than a temporary problem.  Tomorrow I will post a storytelling event where I definitely hope to be back to "what passes for normal."

In the meantime I want to suggest strongly reading other stories by Wilhelm Hauff.  Both Project Gutenberg and the Internet Archive give many volumes in their original German, but also in English such as this version by J.G. Hornstein.  There are other stories that are also justifiably still popular and worth Keeping the Public in Public Domain.  Happy journeying through these "Caravan Tales."

This is part of a series of postings of stories under the category, "Keeping the Public in Public Domain."  The idea behind Public Domain was to preserve our cultural heritage after the authors and their immediate heirs were compensated.  I feel strongly current copyright law delays this intent on works of the 20th century.  My own library of folklore includes so many books within the Public Domain I decided to share stories from them.  I hope you enjoy discovering new stories.  

At the same time, my own involvement in storytelling regularly creates projects requiring research as part of my sharing stories with an audience.  Whenever that research needs to be shown here, the publishing of Public Domain stories will not occur that week.  This is a return to my normal monthly posting of a research project here.  Response has convinced me that "Keeping the Public in Public Domain" should continue along with my monthly postings as often as I can manage it.    

There are many online resources for Public Domain stories, none for folklore is as ambitious as fellow storyteller, Yoel Perez's database, Yashpeh, the International Folktales Collection.  I recommended it earlier and want to continue to do so.  Have fun discovering even more stories!

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