From Publishers Weekly
This massive volume includes 67 tales, more than half of which were written in the 20th century by such authors as Twain, Rilke and Philip K. Dick; despite some low spots, readers will be kept interested. Illustrations.
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From Library Journal
Nearly 70 classics of the literary fairy tale (written for adults) fill this unique and fascinating anthology. The genre attracted such luminaries (represented here) as Voltaire, Goethe, Thackeray, Hawthorne, Yeats, Strindberg, Rilke, Hesse, and Apollinaire, as well as contemporary masters like Calvino, Lem, Coover, and Tournier. As the chronological order of these selections shows, the orientation and emphasis of the "wonder tales" have shifted over time. But the genre remains a vehicle for the utopian hope of personal or societal redemption and transformation, even amidst the harshest realities. Zipes offers a useful overview of the genre's historical evolution, but his own ideological stance adds an element of the provocative to his many insightful observations. Besides its importance for literary and cultural institutions, this "wonder-full" collection will surprise and delight the ordinary reader in search of the extraordinary.- Patricia Dooley, Univ. of Washington Lib. Sch., Seattle
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