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“The Telling of Tales”

 

A Collection of Unpublished Works

 

By Andre Norton

 

During her career Andre published works dating from 1934 to 2005

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Andre Norton ~ Storyteller - Nottingham Branch of the Cleveland Public Library ~ 1948 

 

     The dilemma was ~ How to publish the stories in this eclectic collection. Some wanted us to post one a month, but we decided that this would take too long. When it was noticed that we were on chapter Thirteen of Andre’s Gremoire (Book of Shadows) and there are thirteen stories to be posted, we went “Eureka!” And it was decided that we should do a book. We are not far off of Andre’s plan, let me explain.

     Like I stated, there are thirteen stories, eleven of which have never been published or for that matter seen by more than a handful of people. Two are rough drafts of existing published Items, one was greatly expanded upon. The first eight are done by Andre when she lived in Cleveland, Ohio. We know this because her address in on them. They were written for little people, and along the top of the pages are the words “Tell Tales” and “Telling Tales” plus they have page numbers on them. Making it obvious that Andre, at one time was working on a book, which we have chosen to complete. It has been a delightful job, going through these, putting them to digital paper and lightly editing things. Even the ones that were in Andre’s hand ~ which is actually, somewhat challenging to read.

     At the beginning I called this an “eclectic” collection. That is because the stories are as varied as her body of work. We start out with a fairy-tail about Hairy Creatures terrorizing a family, we also have talking animals (of course), Knights, Confederate Soldiers, Spaceships, and we end with a “Self Portrait” (my words) dedicated to Ann McCaffrey. You will see what I mean by “Self Portrait” when you read it.

We must give sincere thanks to Victor Horadam a great fan and Sue Stewart the Executor of Andre’s Estate for donating these wonderous stories for your reading pleasure.


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Contents of “The Telling of Tales”

 

01: The Hobyahs

02: The Fat Troll

03: The Cat Who Used His Wits

04: Ully the Piper ~ rough draft of same

05: Ring of Stone ~ rough outline of "Legacy from Sorn Fen"

06: The Knights of the Fish ~ rough outline of "Dragon Scale Silver"

07: The Legend of the Fairy Stone ~ possible continuation of "Flight in Yiktor" and"Dare To Go A-Hunting"

08: Yankee Camels

09: Strong Medicine

10: Place by the Window

11: Water Wizard ~ rough outline of “Frog Magic”

12: Explorer IV

13: Who Dreams of Dragons?

 

 

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“The Telling of Tales”

Digitized and edited by Jay Watts ~ aka: Lotsawatts ~ May, 2015

Never before seen collection of short stories by Andre Norton
Released here for the first time
Copyright ~ Estate of Andre Norton
Online Rights - Andre-Norton-Books.com
Donated by – Victor Horadam and Sue Stewart

Duplication of this collection (in whole or in part) for profit of any kind NOT permitted.