"Seven Brooms" is a retelling of a Neapolitan tale, "Cunto d' 'e duie mercante" ("The Tale of Two Merchants"), which was originally recorded from oral tradition and published in the late nineteenth century. Based on a tale that involves family rivalries, class differences, and a valorous daughter, this literary retelling in colloquial English incorporates significant changes that create more color, clarity, and consistency, and that stress the feminist feature of the story.
Zipes, Jack. "Seven Brooms." Marvels & Tales 16.2 (2002). Web. <http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/marvels/vol16/iss2/11>.