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Overview

Fairy tales shape our cultures and enrich our imaginations; their narrative stability and cultural durability are incontestable.
This Norton Critical Edition collects forty-four fairy tales, from the fifth century to the present. The Classic Fairy Tales focuses on six tale types: "Little Red Riding Hood," "Beauty and the Beast," "Snow White," "Cinderella," "Bluebeard," and "Hansel and Gretel," and presents multicultural variants and sophisticated literary rescriptings. Also reprinted are tales by Hans Christian Andersen and Oscar Wilde.
"Criticism" gathers twelve essays that interpret aspects of fairy tales, including their social origins, historical evolution, psychological drama, gender issues, and national identities.
A Selected Bibliography is included.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393972771
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/1998
  • Series: Norton Critical Editions Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 42,500
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Maria Tatar chairs the Program in Folklore and Mythology at Harvard University. She is the author of Enchanted Hunters: The Power of Stories in Childhood, Off with Their Heads! Fairy Tales and the Culture of Childhood and many other books on folklore and fairy stories. She is also the editor and translator of The Annotated Hans Christian Andersen, The Annotated Brothers Grimm, The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales, The Annotated Peter Pan, The Classic Fairy Tales: A Norton Critical Edition and The Grimm Reader. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2000

    Definitively something to have on your bookshelf

    This book presents us with a criticisim of the fairy tales we have heard and read throughout our lives; from the original versions, to modern versions, to similar versions from non-western cultures. It analyses the images and the morals presented in the stories. It really takes the 'innocent' out of the stories. Definitively something to have on your bookshelf.

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  • Posted August 29, 2013

    Great anthology that gives you an idea of why fairy tales thrive

    Great anthology that gives you an idea of why fairy tales thrive today

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