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Lifetime: 1854 - 1916 Passed: ≈ 108 years ago


Folklorist, Critic, Historian



Joseph Jacobs

Joseph Jacobs (29 August 1854 – 30 January 1916) was an Australian folklorist, translator, literary critic, social scientist, historian and writer of English literature who became a notable collector and publisher of English folklore.

Jacobs was born in Sydney, Australia on 29 August 1854. He was the sixth surviving son of John Jacobs, a publican who had emigrated from London around 1837, and his wife Sarah, née Myers. Jacobs was educated at Sydney Grammar School and at the University of Sydney, where he won a scholarship for classics, mathematics and chemistry. He did not complete his studies in Sydney, but left for England at the age of 18.

n 1896, Jacobs visited the United States to deliver his lectures on "The Philosophy of Jewish History" to Gratz College in Philadelphia and to groups of the Council of Jewish Women at New York, Philadelphia, and Chicago. In 1900, he was invited to serve as revising editor for the Jewish Encyclopedia, which included entries from 600 contributors. He moved to the United States to take on this task. There he involved himself in the American Jewish Historical Society. He became a working member of the Jewish Publication Society's publication committee.

In the U.S., Jacobs also taught at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.

Jacobs married Georgina Horne and fathered two sons and a daughter. In 1900, when he became revising editor of the Jewish Encyclopedia, based in New York, he settled permanently in the United States.

He died on 30 January 1916 at his home in Yonkers, New York, aged 62.

Books by Joseph Jacobs

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English Fairy Tales

Fantasy Fiction Fairy Tale
Animal Children's Literature Literature Short Stories Kids

Jack the Giant-Killer, Tom Thumb, Goldilocks and The Three Bears, Henny Penny, Dick Whittington, The Three Little Pigs, Red Riding Hood and a host of immortal characters are found in this delightful collection of English Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs....

Celtic Fairy Tales Cover image

Celtic Fairy Tales

Fairy Tale
Myths Legends

Celtic Fairy Tales is a collection of 25 folk and fairy stories collected from Ireland and Scotland.

The Story of Geographical Discovery: How the World Became Known Cover image

The Story of Geographical Discovery: How the World Became Known

Adventure Ancient Thriller Expedition Travelling Civilization Exploration Geography Discovery Scientific Curiosity Curiosity Navigation

"Embark on a captivating journey through time and space as Joseph Jacobs unveils the extraordinary tale of how the world became known in his enlightening masterpiece, The Story of Geographical Discovery." In The Story of Geographical Discovery: How t...

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Celtic Folk and Fairy Tales

A collection of folk and fairy tales from the Emerald Isle. There is an earlier version of this book - Celtic Fairy Tales, but this recording was done from a different book in Project Gutenberg. Same book, new readers! (Summary by Ann Boulais)

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Indian Fairy Tales

This book is a fine collection of Indian fairy tales, some are folklore, some are from the Jataka tales, and some from panchatantra. (Summary by sidhu177)

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More English Fairy Tales

"This volume will come, I fancy, as a surprise both to my brother folk-lorists and to the public in general. It might naturally have been thought that my former volume (English Fairy Tales) had almost exhausted the scanty remains of the traditional f...

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More Celtic Fairy Tales

More fairy tales from the early days of the British Isles, collected and edited by Joseph Jacobs. - Summary by bookworm360