Spells of Enchantment: The Wondrous Fairy Tales of Western Culture


Spells of Enchantment brings together the best literary fairy tales ever written, arranged to provide a sense of the history and evolution of this ancient genre. Focusing on the work of the most gifted writers of the great Western literary movements from classical times to the present, Jack Zipes's collection shows how some of literature's most creative minds have tried their hand at mixing the magic ingredients of the fairy tale - and how the genre has been marvelously ...
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Spells of Enchantment brings together the best literary fairy tales ever written, arranged to provide a sense of the history and evolution of this ancient genre. Focusing on the work of the most gifted writers of the great Western literary movements from classical times to the present, Jack Zipes's collection shows how some of literature's most creative minds have tried their hand at mixing the magic ingredients of the fairy tale - and how the genre has been marvelously transformed according to each writer's particular genius.

Including more than sixty tales by such master practitioners of the art as Perrault, Voltaire, Goethe, Hoffmann, Hawthorne, Wilde, Yeats, Hesse, Thurber, Calvino, Philip K. Dick, Robert Coover, and Angela Carter, this authoritative, original, and unique volume is sure to bewitch readers of all ages.

Zipes brings together the best literary fairy tales ever written, giving readers a sense of the history of the genre and its evolution. Includes more than 60 tales by writers such as Hans Christian Andersen, Wilhelm Grimm, Voltaire, Goethe, Hawthorne, Yeats, Hesse, Thurber, Jane Yolen, Angela Carter, and more. Illustrated.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Besides editing this massive volume and translating many of its selections, Zipes, professor of German at the University of Minnesota, has provided a thorough introduction. As one would expect, the tales are of good and evil (and evil is more insidious to modern readers attuned to Freud and the currents of sexism and misogyny); often they use fantasy to come to terms with society, either by superceding the status quo or grudgingly accepting it. Zipes reaches back to the second century to show that the heritage of fantasy in Western culture runs deep. And modern technology has done nothing to dampen inspiration: More than half of the 67 tales collected here were written in the 20th century by such authors as Twain, Strindberg, Rilke, Philip K. Dick, Robin McKinley, Tanith Lee and Stanislaw Lem. Unless one is an aficionado of the genre, however, most of the stories will be unfamiliar, or variations one has never read or heard before. Among the latter are three modern takes on the Snow White tale. The seventh dwarf is the eponymous narrator of the tale by Franz Hessel, while Robert Coover's ``The Dead Queen,'' the most erotic story in the collection, is narrated by Prince Charming. The Bluebeard myth also gets new treatments, courtesy of Thackeray, Anatole France and Sylvia Townshend Warner. Despite the illustrious contributors, the collection has some low spots, but there are enough good entries here to keep readers interested, if not totally enchanted. (Nov.)
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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140127836
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/28/1992
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 848
  • Sales rank: 1,034,071
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 1.58 (d)

Table of Contents


APULEIUS Cupid and Psyche (2nd century AD)
GESTA ROMANORUM Of Feminine Subtlety (c. 1300)
GIAMBATTISTA BASILE The Merchant's Two Sons (1634)
MARIE-JEANNE L'HERITIER Ricdin-Ricdon (1696)
CHARLES PERRAULT Riquet with the Tuft (1697)
ANTOINE GALLAND Prince Ahmed and the Fairy Pari-Banou (1714)
JEAN-JACQUES ROUSSEAU The Queen Fantasque (1758)
VOLTAIRE The White Bull (1774)
CHRISTOPH MARTIN WIELAND The Philosophers' Stone (1789)
LUDWIG TIECK Eckbert the Blond (1797)
WILHELM HEINRICH WACKENRODER A Wondrous Oriental Tale of a Naked Saint 1799)
NOVALIS Hyacinth and Roseblossom (1802)
E.T.A. HOFFMANN The Mines of Falun (1819)
T. CROFTON CROKER The Lady of Gollerus (1825)
WILHELM GRIMM Snow White and Rose Red (1837)
GOTTFRIED KELLER Spiegel the Cat (1856)
THEODOR STORM Hinzelmeier (1857)
GEORGE MACDONALD The Day Boy and the Night Girl (1879)
FRANK STOCKTON The Griffin and the Minor Canon (1885)
MARY DE MORGAN The Three Clever Kings (1888)
OSCAR WILDE The Fisherman and His Soul (1891)
HOWARD PYLE Where to Lay the Blame (1895)
HUGO VON HOFMANNSTHAL The Tale of the 672nd Night (1895)
LAURENCE HOUSMAN A Chinese Fairy-Tale (1898)
L. FRANK BAUM The Queen of Quok (1901)
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS Dreams that Have No Moral (1902)
MARK TWAIN The Five Boons of Life (1902)
AUGUST STRINDBERG The Story of Jubal, Who Had No "I" (1903)
RAINER MARIA RILKE How Treason Came to Russia (1904)
CARL EWALD The Story of the Fairy Tale (1905)
ANATOLE FRANCE The Seven Wives of Bluebeard (1909)
MYNONA The Vegetational Fatherhood (1913)
LORD DUNSANY The Kith of the Elf-Folk (1916)
HERMANN HESSE The Forest Dweller (1917—18)
GUILLAUME APOLLINAIRE Cinderella Continued, or the Rat and the Six Lizards (1919)
KURT SCHWITTERS The Three Wishes (1925)
FRANZ HESSEL The Seventh Dwarf (1926)
ALFRED DOBLIN The Fairy Tale about Technology (1935)
JAMES THURBER The Girl and the Wolf (1939)
GEORG KAISER The Fairy Tale of the King (1943)
ERICH KASTNER The Fairy Tale About Common Sense (1948)
INGEBORG BACHMANN The Smile of the Sphinx (1949)
HENRI POURRAT The Tale of the Singing Branch, the Bird of Truth, and the Water of Youth (1951)
PHILIP K. DICK The King of the Elves (1953)
ITALO CALVINO The Enchanted Palace (1956)
NAOMI MITCHISON Five Men and a Swan (1957)
SYLVIA TOWNSEND WARNER Bluebeard's Daughter (1960)
STANISLAW LEM Prince Ferrix and the Princess Crystal (1967)
GUNTER KUNERT Sleeping Beauty (1972)
JANOSCH Hans My Hedgehog (1972)
ROBERT COOVER The Dead Queen (1973)
JANE YOLEN The Lady and the Merman (1976)
ROSEMARIE KUNZLER Rumpelstiltskin (1976)
MICHEL TOURNIER Tom Thumb Runs Away (1978)
ANGELA CARTER The Tiger's Bride (1979)
ROBIN McKINLEY The Princess and the Frog (1981)
TANITH LEE When the Clock Strikes (1983)
MICHAEL DE LARRABEITI Pichounetta and the Sergeant of Arles (1988)


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