Van Cleve, John W. Books

Dr. John W. Van Cleve holds a Ph.D. in German literature from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He currently teaches at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Fables and Tales by the German Aesop, C.f. Gellert (1715-1769): A Moral Teacher of the German Nation
2013 0-7734-4514-5
These are translations of fables and tales written by C.F. Gellert. Gellert was an eighteenth century folklorist whose work has been canonized. Critics have argued that the stories are fundamentally homegrown and come from the German people (the “Volk”), and they speak directly to the heart of the people. These works are used less often for moral instruction in contemporary society, something the author laments, but are still important components of German folklore.