D. L. Ashliman

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Dee L. Ashliman, who writes professionally as D. L. Ashliman (born 1 January 1938) is an American folklorist and writer. He is Professor Emeritus of German at the University of Pittsburgh,[1] and is considered to be a leading expert on folklore and fairytales.[2] He has published a number of works on the topic.

Personal life[edit]

Ashliman was born on 1 January 1938 in Idaho Falls, Idaho, to Lavan and Elgarda Ashliman[3]. He married Patricia Taylor at the Idaho Falls Idaho Temple in August 1960[4], and they have three children.[5]

Professional career[edit]

Ashliman gained a B.A. from the University of Utah in 1963, and his M.A. and PhD at Rutgers in 1969; his post-graduate studies were carried out at the University of Göttingen in Germany. His doctoral dissertation was entitled "The American West in Nineteenth-century German Literature",[6]

Ashliman spent much of his working career at the University of Pittsburgh, where he was an associate professor of German from 1977 to 1986, the chair of the German department from 1994 to 1997, and remained a faculty member until May 2000, when he retired.[7] He also worked as a visiting professor at the University of Augsburg throughout the 1990s.[5]

In his work on folklore, Ashliman primarily studies and writes on English-language folktales, and on Indo-European tales. His work on Folk and Fairy Tales: A Handbook, a reference guide to folklore, was described as "stand[ing] out for its brevity and an intersecting writing style".[8]

Ashliman maintains a website on folk and fairy tales through the University of Pittsburgh.[9] He serves on the Advisory Board of the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy based at the University of Chichester.[10]


  • Fairy Lore: A Handbook. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 2005.
  • Folk and Fairy Tales: A Handbook. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 2004. ISBN 0-313-32810-2.
  • Aesop's Fables (editor and annotator). Translated by V. S. Vernon Jones. New York: Barnes & Noble Classics, 2003. ISBN 1-59308-062-X.
  • Voices from the Past: The Cycle of Life in Indo-European Folktales, 2nd ed., expanded and revised. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, 1995. ISBN 0-7872-1503-1.
  • Once upon a Time: The Story of European Folktales. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh, External Studies Program, 1994.
  • A Guide to Folktales in the English Language: Based on the Aarne-Thompson Classification System. Bibliographies and Indexes in World Literature, vol. 11. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1987. ISBN 0-313-25961-5.
  • The American West in Nineteenth-century German Literature. Rutgers University, 1969. Dissertation Abstracts 2959-A. University Microfilms, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Order number 7000572.


  1. ^ "People | Department of German | University of Pittsburgh". www.german.pitt.edu. Retrieved 19 January 2018. 
  2. ^ "Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy". University of Chichester. Retrieved 19 January 2018. 
  3. ^ "1940 U.S. Federal Population Census". Census Bureau. 1940. Retrieved 19 January 2018. 
  4. ^ "Dee Ashliman Marriage and Divorce Records". Retrieved 19 January 2018. 
  5. ^ a b Gale (2009). "Ashliman, D. L. 1938-". Contemporary Authors. Encyclopedia.com. Retrieved 19 January 2018. 
  6. ^ "The American West in nineteenth-century German literature in SearchWorks". searchworks.stanford.edu. Retrieved 2015-11-24. 
  7. ^ "D.L. Ashliman's Home Page". University of Pittsburgh. 17 February 2010. Retrieved 19 January 2018. 
  8. ^ Roncevic, Mirela (1 September 2004). "Review of Folk and Fairy Tales". Library Journal: 118. OCLC 36096783. 
  9. ^ Dianne de Las Casas (2006). Story Fest: Crafting Story Theater Scripts. Westport, Connecticut: Teacher Ideas Press, p. 73. ISBN 1-59469-009-X.
  10. ^ "Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy: People". University of Chichester. Retrieved 25 November 2015. 

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