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In Days Gone By...Oral tales, songs, and poems reflected the lives of the people. They were stories and songs of wonder and dreams. They were told and discussed around the hearth, the marketplace, the spinning room, and in the taverns --wherever people gathered. They helped people to cope with wars, hunger, poverty and religious conflicts that characterized their lives..
In the 16th and 17th centuries, Giambattista Basile, a Neopolitan soldier, courtier and writer (1575-1632), collected and rewrote, in the language of ordinary people, 50 tales of wonder. They were called the Tale of Tales or the Pentamerone. Now, for the first time, several of these tales have been adopted into a landmark Italian fairy tale film, the Tale of Tales. -- (From our Barking Planet children's literature blog)