The following tales are
similar to the Emperor's New Clothes fairy tale, AT-1620: Emperor's New Clothes. Since Andersen's tale is an original story written by him, it does not have directly related tales in folklore. However, the tale is very similar to AT-1406: The Merry Wives' Wager in which one of the characters is tricked into believing he is wearing clothing when he isn't. Scholars believe Andersen based his version of the tale on a Spanish tale he had read.
I have included the English
language tales of this type which have been gathered by title by D. L.
Ashliman in his A
Guide to Folktales in the English Language. Sometimes
I include tales of other classifications when I deem them relevant to
the theme. The tales come from many cultures and are similar to the Emperor's New Clothes
story in various ways. I have placed the tales in alphabetical order with
bibliographic information and links to texts of the stories if a text
is available on the internet.
Campbell, J. F. Popular Tales of the West Highlands: Orally Collected. London: Alexander Gardner, 1890-1893. (Reprint available from Detroit: Singing Tree Press, 1969.)
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