Vyasa at the beginning of the Indian epic, Mahabharata, who says, “If you listen carefully, at the end you’ll be someone else.”
Scheherazade of 1001 Nights, who saves herself from execution by telling tales, is one example illustrating the value placed on storytelling in days of old.
Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm collected and published stories that had been told orally in Germany. They did not publish them as they found them however, but edited them in accordance with their own values.
In Denmark Hans Christian Andersen adapted folktales he heard from oral storytellers.