A short narrative handed down through oral tradition, with various tellers and groups modifying it, so that it acquired cumulative authorship. Most folktales eventually move from oral tradition to written form.
A story originating in oral tradition. Folktales fall into a variety of categories, including legends, ghost stories, fairy tale Fable s, and anecdotes based on historical figures and events. Examples of folktales include Giambattista Basile's The Pentamerone, which contains the tale s of Puss in Boots, Rapunzel, Cinderella, and Beauty and the Beast, and Joel Chandler Harris's Uncle Remus stories, which represent transplanted African folktales and American tales about the character s Mike Fink, Johnny Appleseed, Paul Bunyan, and Pecos Bill. (Compare with Tall Tale.)