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Overview

These poem-stories are a strange retelling of seventeen Grimms fairy tales, including "Snow White," "Rumpelstiltskin," "Rapunzel," "The Twelve Dancing Princesses," "The Frog Prince," and "Red Riding Hood." Astonishingly, they are as wholly personal as Anne Sexton's most intimate poems. "Her metaphoric strength has never been greater—really funny, among other things, a dark, dark laughter" (C.K. Williams).

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Overview

These poem-stories are a strange retelling of seventeen Grimms fairy tales, including "Snow White," "Rumpelstiltskin," "Rapunzel," "The Twelve Dancing Princesses," "The Frog Prince," and "Red Riding Hood." Astonishingly, they are as wholly personal as Anne Sexton's most intimate poems. "Her metaphoric strength has never been greater—really funny, among other things, a dark, dark laughter" (C.K. Williams).

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Editorial Reviews

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"A funny, mad, witty, frightening, charming, haunting book."

The New York Times

"These poem-stories are a strange retelling of seventeen Grimms fairy tales, including “Snow White,” “Rumpelstiltskin,” “Rapunzel,” “The Twelve Dancing Princesses,” “The Frog Prince,” and “Red Riding Hood.” Astonishingly, they are as wholly personal as Anne Sexton’s most intimate poems. “Her metaphoric strength has never been greater—really funny, among other things, a dark, dark laughter.”—C. K. Williams

"A vivid, astonishing, blood-curdling book."—Stanley Kunitz

"God love her."—Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Kurt Vonnegut
God love her.
Stanley Kunitz
A vivid, astonishing, blood-curdling book.
New York Times
A funny, mad, witty, frightening, charming, haunting book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618083435
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 2/15/2001
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 171,351
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne Sexton (1928-1974), the author of ten collections of poems, received the Pulitzer Prize in 1967.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    Wonderful! Anne Sexton adds a twist to already twisted tales. It is a collection of dark pieces both mocking and pitying "the problem that has no name."

    Ladies read this if being a princess no longer or never did suit you. Read it if you would prefer to be(come) the witch in your own stories.

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