Hunchback Stories

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  • Teideal (Title): Hunchback Stories.
  • Uimhir Chatalóige Ollscoil Washington (University of Washington Catalogue Number): 853911.
  • Uimhir Chnuasach Bhéaloideas Éireann (National Folklore of Ireland Number): none.
  • Uimhir Roud (Roud Number): none.
  • Uimhir Laws (Laws Number): none.
  • Uimhir Child (Child Number): none.
  • Cnuasach (Collection): Joe Heaney Collection, University of Washington, Seattle.
  • Teanga na Croímhíre (Core-Item Language): English.
  • Catagóir (Category): story.
  • Ainm an té a thug (Name of Informant): Joe Heaney.
  • Ainm an té a thóg (Name of Collector): Lucy Simpson.
  • Dáta an taifeadta (Recording Date): 17/03/1980.
  • Suíomh an taifeadta (Recording Location): Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, New York, United States of America.
  • Ocáid an taifeadta (Recording Occasion): private.
  • Daoine eile a bhí i láthair (Others present): unavailable.
  • Stádas chóipcheart an taifeadta (Recording copyright status): unavailable.

Alternative tellings of Joe’s stories of ‘The Four Hunchbacks’ and ‘The Two Hunchbacks’.

The story of the Four Hunchbacks derives from a one-act play by Pierre Jalabert, La Farce des Bossus, published in 1933 and translated into Irish by Liam Ó Briain as Na Cruiteacháin. On this occasion Joe omits to mention the play, and adds some detail missing from the other telling – a great example of the inventive story-teller at work.

‘The Two Hunchbacks’ is an international folk-tale corresponding to AT 503, ‘The gifts of the little people’. An Italian version is available on the Jesterbear website.