“Jack and the Beanstalk” is an English fairy tale. The earliest known appearance in print is Benjamin Tabart’s moralised version of 1807. “Felix Summerly” (Henry Cole) popularised it in The Home Treasury (1842), and Joseph Jacobs rewrote it in English Fairy Tales (1890). Jacobs’ version is most commonly reprinted today and it is believed to be closer to the oral versions than Tabart’s because it lacks the moralising.

“Jack and the Beanstalk” is the best known of the “Jack tales”, a series of stories featuring the archetypal Cornish and English hero and stock character Jack.

Peter Pan Records 1950.

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