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The Great Fairy Tale Tradition: From Straparola and Basile to the Brothers Grimm (Norton Critical Editions) Paperback – November 2, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-0393976366 ISBN-10: 039397636X Edition: annotated edition
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About the Author

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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Product Details

  • 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: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Heidi Anne Heiner VINE VOICE on December 3, 2003
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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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Elvis Zombie on August 8, 2009
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Forget all that happy junk you watched in the Disney movies. These are the real deal. Some of these tales are pretty gruesome so I don't recommend reading them to your kids. However, if you're a sick twisted freak like me you'll enjoy the entries collected here. There are over 100 fairy tales in here including many obscure fairy tales that you probably never heard of. Don't let the fact that this was designed for course work scare you away. You don't have to be in college to enjoy this book. It's great to have notes and critiques of the texts on hand.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John C. Stewart on September 21, 2008
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Setsuki on March 26, 2011
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Baldwin on April 4, 2009
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Donald R. Woolsey on April 23, 2013
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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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