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The Classic Fairy Tales (Norton Critical Editions) 1st ed Edition
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This book is a collection of both classical fairy tales and contemporary ones, though you never get the contemporary ones without their former classical models. Mostly, the book is divided into some six or seven sections devoted to the most well known tales out there: Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Bluebeard, Snow White, Hansel and Gretel. There's also a section about Andersen and one about Wilde.
For each section there is an introduction by Maria Tatar, usually an excellent one. Also, since this is a Norton Critical Edition, you get a whole part of the book devoted to essays by the most recognised critics of fairy tales. Some of those are dubious, and bashed by other essays included there, and rightly so. Be careful about the psychoanalytical ones. But basically it's interesting to see how thoughts evolve from one essay to another, because they're put in such an order that they exist in a continuous current of thought, and that gives a neat unity to this book, as far as the essay side of it is concerned.
Excellent book to get into fairy tales with a critical mind.
The author has, in each case, given us a fare selection of the variations of each of these tales as presented by different cultures throughout the world and different eras. This work is well researched, and I say this not lightly. I am modestly familiar with this particular genre, its history and its place in the pantheon of our literature...the author has done her work well. Not only do we get an accurate rendition of the original tale (as close to original as we probably ever will get, as many of these tales received their origin so far back into the mist of time, that it would be impossible to be absolutely accurate as many of them began strictly through oral tradition), but the author has in several cases given us a more modern version of the tale from a feminist view point.
If we take the story of Cinderella, we find that over the past several hundred years that there have been literally hundreds of versions of this classic myth. Tatar has given us a good sampling; not all inclusive, I grant you, but good never the less. The comparisons are stark, well presented and do indeed give us a wonderful overview.Read more ›
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Was used for a class on Fairy-Tale adaptation. Although the writing is a bit small and the pages can be long, it is a concise anthology of many of the fairy tales unknown to the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by L. Burroughs
Great collection to own if you're looking to get an entire scope on a fairy tale. Lots of different versions and great introductions. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Just wonderful. The groupings are different variations of the same tale are elucidating and fascinating.Published 5 months ago by April Montagne
Really liked the accompanying essays. They enhanced the stories so much. An additional feature was that there were varied versions of the tales and that added to the intrigue of... Read morePublished 5 months ago by P. Silver