Gudrun Thorne-Thomsen was one of America’s most revered storytellers . Her practice and reputation arose during the Progressive Era . From the 1890s until her death in the 1950s, she trained significant numbers of teachers and librarians to tell stories while also influencing many others’ ideas regarding storytelling . Her understanding of what storytelling is and its effects on listeners still resonates with contemporary storytellers . This paper looks at the overlapping aspects of Thorne-Thomsen’s life, art, and educational philosophy by focusing on a story associated with her . Doing so will refresh how we view storytelling as both a performance art and an educational tool.
"“Journeys East o’ the Sun and West o’ the Moon”: What Does a Storyteller’s Life, Performance Style, and Signature Story Tell Us?,"
Storytelling, Self, Society: Vol. 11
, Article 6.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/storytelling/vol11/iss2/6