The Classic Fairy Tales

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We have all been enchanted, thrilled, and even terrified by fairy tales, and no child is brought up without learning the story of Cinderella or Red Ridinghood. The most popular tales have long histories, in the course of which successive editors have not only shortened, bowdlerized, and sentimentalized them but also slanted them according to the demands of the time. In this book twenty-four of the best-known tales are given in their original form, either as they were first printed in English, or in their earliest...
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Overview

We have all been enchanted, thrilled, and even terrified by fairy tales, and no child is brought up without learning the story of Cinderella or Red Ridinghood. The most popular tales have long histories, in the course of which successive editors have not only shortened, bowdlerized, and sentimentalized them but also slanted them according to the demands of the time. In this book twenty-four of the best-known tales are given in their original form, either as they were first printed in English, or in their earliest surviving text. Each tale has a historical introduction, showing the development of the story and noting particular points of interest. Was Cinderella's shoe really a glass slipper or was it made of fur? Was Red Ridinghood devoured by the wolf, or was she saved? How did the old woman in Southey's version of 'The Three Bears' become the Goldilocks we know today? In a general introduction Iona and Peter Opie look at the realism as well as the enchantment in the tales, and put into perspective the contributions of Perrault, the Grimm brothers, and Hans Christian Andersen. The book contains 150 illustrations, over 40 in colour, by famous illustrators such as Walter Crane, George Cruikshank, Gustave Dore, Kate Greenaway, Arthur Rackham, W. Heath Robinson, and Rex Whistler.

Presents twenty-four of the best known tales in the exact words in which they were first published in English.

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Editorial Reviews

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"All ages will enjoy Iona and Peter Opie's collection of The Classic Fairy Tales."--York County Coast Star

"Their most enjoyable book to date...For your money you get three books in one, the stories, the essays and the ample illustrations."--illiam Golding, Listener

"A beautiful book...both charming and scholarly"--Paul Barker, New Society

"Some wand must have been waved over the Opies to give them the brilliant idea for this book...A volume of extraordinary fascination and richness."--Edwin Morgan

"This is a book that everybody ought to possess."-- Richard Adams

"It is not possible to praise too highly The Classic Fairy Tales, selected, introduced, and annotated by the peerless scholars of children's literature Iona and Peter Opie."--The New Yorker

"Contains 24 of the best-known fairy tales, dozens of absolutely entrancing illustrations, and a brilliant and extensive commentary by Iona and Peter Opie, the peerless anthologists who have given us the Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes."--Washington Post

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195202199
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/28/1980
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 344
  • Sales rank: 786,027
  • Product dimensions: 7.75 (w) x 5.06 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

About the Authors:
Iona Opie and her late husband Peter wrote and edited many books together, including The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes, The Oxford Nursery Rhyme Book, The Oxford Book of Children's Verse, The Lore and Language of Schoolchildren, The Singing Game, and Children's Games in Street and Playground

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2002

    Truly a Classic!

    This is the authoritative text for many popular fairy tale titles. Each story includes a valuable introduction. The illustrations are beautiful, but do look better in the hardcover edition.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2000

    Terrific Liturature Book

    This is a terrific reference book for anyone teaching a literature class. Especially teaching in a class of young students. I came uupon this book as a required text in a Children's Literature class at the University of New Mexico.

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