D. L. Ashliman

Dan 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 genre.

Personal lifeEdit

Dan Ashliman[3] was born on 1 January 1938 in Idaho Falls, Idaho, to Laurn Earl Ashliman and Elgarda Zobell Ashliman[4] He and his family moved to Rexburg when he was a baby. His parents established a shoe store there, which was destroyed in 1976 by a flood caused by the Teton Dam collapse.[5]. Ashliman married Patricia Taylor, a music instructor[6], at the Idaho Falls Idaho Temple in August 1960.[7] They have three children.[8] He now lives and works in St. George, in southern Utah.[2]

Professional careerEdit

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",[9]

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.[10] He also worked as a visiting professor at the University of Augsburg throughout the 1990s.[8] Since his retirement, he has volunteered as an instructor at the Institute for Continued Learning at Dixie State College in Utah, teaching folkore, mythology, and digital photography.[11][12]

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".[13] His works include extensive cataloging and analysis of Grimms' Fairy Tales[14] and Aesop's Fables.

Ashliman maintains a website on folk and fairy tales through the University of Pittsburgh.[15] The site is considered to be "one of the most respected scholarly resources for folklore and fairytale researchers".[2] He serves on the Advisory Board of the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy based at the University of Chichester.[16]


  • 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. ^ a b c "Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy". University of Chichester. Retrieved 19 January 2018.
  3. ^ Wing Bo, Anna (2019). "Losing Sight, Gaining Insight: Blindness and the Romantic Vision in Grimm's "Rapunzel"". Retrieved 19 May 2020.
  4. ^ "1940 U.S. Federal Population Census". Census Bureau. 1940. Retrieved 19 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Obituary - Elgarda Zobell Ashliman". Rexburg Standard Journal. findagrave.com. 10 August 2004. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  6. ^ "ICL Course Catalog" (PDF). Dixie State College. 2018. p. 14. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Dee Ashliman Marriage and Divorce Records". Retrieved 19 January 2018.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ a b Gale (2009). "Ashliman, D. L. 1938-". Contemporary Authors. Encyclopedia.com. Retrieved 19 January 2018.
  9. ^ "The American West in nineteenth-century German literature in SearchWorks". searchworks.stanford.edu. Retrieved 2015-11-24.
  10. ^ "D.L. Ashliman's Home Page". University of Pittsburgh. 17 February 2010. Retrieved 19 January 2018.
  11. ^ De Masters, Tiffany (30 December 2009). "Classes have seniors in mind". The Spectrum. Newspapers.com. p. 1. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  12. ^ "ICL Course Catalog" (PDF). Dixie State College. 2018. p. 6, 19. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  13. ^ Roncevic, Mirela (1 September 2004). "Review of Folk and Fairy Tales". Library Journal: 118. OCLC 36096783.
  14. ^ D. L. Ashliman (9 April 2016). "The Grimm Brothers' Children's and Household Tales". University of Pittsburgh. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  15. ^ Dianne de Las Casas (2006). Story Fest: Crafting Story Theater Scripts. Westport, Connecticut: Teacher Ideas Press, p. 73. ISBN 1-59469-009-X.
  16. ^ "Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy: People". University of Chichester. Retrieved 25 November 2015.

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