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The Great Fairy Tale Tradition: From Straparola and Basile to the Brothers Grimm (Norton Critical Editions) annotated edition Edition

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Jack Zipes (Ph.D. Columbia University) is a Professor of German at the University of Minnesota. In addition to his scholarly work on children’s literature, he is an award-winning storyteller in public schools and has worked with various children’s theaters. His major publications include Sticks and Stones: The Troublesome Success of Children’s Literature from Slovenly Peter to Harry Potter (2000), Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales, Children, and the Culture Industry (1997), Fairy Tale as Myth/Myth as Fairy Tale (1994), The Brothers Grimm: From Enchanted Forests to the Modern World (1988), and Fairy Tales and the Art of Subversion: The Classical Genre for Children and the Process of Civilization (1983).
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  • Series: Norton Critical Editions
  • Paperback: 1008 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; annotated edition edition (November 2, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039397636X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393976366
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If I was teaching a course on fairy tales, this book would be the course's primary text. Editor Jack Zipes compiled the book with such a purpose in mind and it's a job well done. The largest section, The Texts of the Great Fairy Tale Tradition, is comprised of fairy tale texts grouped into over 35 themes. Examples of themes include: Love Conquers All, Abandoned Children, Shrewd Cats, and Envious Sisters. Each theme has a minimum of two tales--usually more--with an introduction explaining the history of the theme and its tales. Zipes' introduction includes a definition of the literary fairy tale and its history as a genre. Critical essays by respected scholars are included in the Criticism section. Short biographies of the authors, black and white illustrations, and a selected bibliography add to the resources found inside. My only wish is that an index to aid with finding and cross-referencing tales had been included. This book makes a great reference book or textbook for the armchair scholar at an affordable price.
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Jack Zipes has brought together a comprehensive collection of fairy tales that surprises the reader with how insightful and timeless these tales are in regards to the human condition. Many of these tales, which are not found in more polite and juvenile collections, still have the power to enchant the imagination.
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I had the pleasure of taking a Fairy Tales class taught by Prof. Zipes and this was the book we used for class. I can honestly say that this book is an amazing collection of fairy tales that he tracked back as far as he could find. It is interesting to read the evolution of the fairy tales through time, and he explains the changes as well.

This is not a book for kids, however, so don't read it to your kids. On the other hand, if you are a fairy tale enthusiast, this is an amazing read!
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This book is wonderful. The commentary is well-written and informative, and the grouping of related stories is great for sparking new thoughts. The only downside is that you may not want to read 4 similar stories in a row for fun, so this is more of an occasional indulgence than an all-at-once reading binge for me.
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I would recommend this book to anyone crazy about fairy tales, like me. It is written for adults. Very rich.
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This is an excellent collection of fairy tales - and the critical analysis is definitely not the dry, boring, academic writing you might expect!
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for anyone wanting an insite into the world of the fairy tale,i could not think or a better place to start,each tale takes the reader onto a differant plane altogather,the wording,the moral implications(some of which we could well do with today!),are as captivating as thay are intresting,a wholey fantastic read
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I love fairy tales and always have ever since I was a little girl. I've always been partial to the Grimm's fairy tales and actually had no idea that there was an older tradition of fairy tales from other European cultures until a few years ago. So far I have enjoyed (aside from the Grimm's) Straparola, Basile, and Perrault. I'm not too fond of D'Aulnoy or the other female authors. I haven't finished the book and so I can't comment on the scholarly articles included towards the end of the book. I enjoy Zipes comentary, however, before each section of fairy tales. This is a thick book and so it is taking me a while to finish it. However, I would recommend it.
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