The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales

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Maria Tatar
W. W. Norton & Company, 2002 - Fiction - 445 pages
34 Reviews
The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales is a remarkable treasure trove, a work that celebrates the best-loved tales of childhood and presents them through the vision of Maria Tatar, a leading authority in the field of folklore and children's literature. Into the woods with Little Red Riding Hood, up the beanstalk with Jack, and down through the depths of the ocean with the Little Mermaid, this volume takes us through many of the familiar paths of our folkloric heritage. Gathering together twenty-five of our most cherished fairy tales, including enduring classics like "Beauty and the Beast," "Jack and the Beanstalk," " ," and "Bluebead," Tatar expertly guides readers through the stories, exploring their historical origins, their cultural complexities, and their psychological effects. Offering new translations of the non-English stories by the likes of Hans Christian Andersen, Brothers Grimm, or Charles Perrault, Tatar captures the rhythms of oral storytelling and, with an extraordinary collection of over 300 often rare, mostly four-color paintings and drawings by celebrated illustrators such as Gustave Doré, George Cruikshank, and Maxfield Parrish, she expands our literary and visual sensibilities. As Tatar shows, few of us are aware of how profoundly fairy tales have influenced our culture. Disseminated across a wide variety of historical and contemporary media ranging from opera and drama to cinema and advertising, they constitute a vital part of our storytelling capital. What has kept them alive over the centuries is exactly what keeps life pulsing with vitality and variety: anxieties, fears, desires, romance, passion, and love. Up close and personal, fairy tales tell us about the quest for romance and riches, for power and privilege, and, most importantly, they show us a way out of the woods back to the safety and security of home. Challenging the notion that fairy tales should be read for their moral values and used to make good citizens of little children, Tatar demonstrates throughout how fairy tales can be seen as models for navigating reality, helping children to develop the wit and courage needed to survive in a world ruled by adults. This volume seeks to reclaim this powerful cultural legacy, presenting the stories that we all think we know while at the same time providing the historical contexts that unlock the mysteries of the tales. The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales is a volume that will rank as one of the finest fairy tale collections in many decades, a provocative and original work to be treasured by students, parents, and children.
  

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Review: The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales

User Review  - Nathan Dehoff - Goodreads

This one actually predates her annotated volumes of the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen, and includes a few of their tales that would later appear in those books as well. As far as I can ... Read full review

Review: The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales

User Review  - Bradley - Goodreads

One of my goals for 2012 is to re-read the classics from my youth. I decided to start with fairy tales. Read full review

Contents

Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm Little Red RidINg Hood
17
JeanneMarie Leprince de Beaumont
58
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm SLEEPING BEAUTY
95
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
115
The Frog KINg or Iron HeINrich
117
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm RumpelstiltskIN
123
Joseph Jacobs Jack and the Beanstalk 13 J 11 Charles Perrault Bluebeard
145
Philipp Otto Runge The Juniper Tree J 58
172
Anonymous THE STORY OF THE THREE BEARS
245
Charles Perrault Tom Thumb
253
Hans Christian Andersen THE EMPERORS New CLOTHES
269
Hans Christian Andersen The LittLE MATCH GlRl
278
Hans Christian Andersen THE PRINCESS AND THE Pea
284
Hans Christian Andersen THE UGLY DUCKLING
288
Hans Christian Andersen THE LittLE MERMAID
302
Biographies of Authors and Collectors Alexander Afanasev
333

Peter Christen Asbjernsen and Jorgen Moe East of the Sun and West of the Moon J 86
186
Joseph Jacobs MOLLY WHUPPIE
201
Joseph Jacobs THE STORY OF THE THREE LittLE PlGS
206
Charles Perrault DONKEYSKIN
212
Joseph Jacobs Kate Crackernuts
229
Charles Perrault Master Cat or Puss IN Boots
234
Hans Christian Andersen
335
Peter Christen Asbjornsen andj0rgen Moe
339
JeanneMarie Leprince de Beaumont
340
Walter Crane
355
Appendix 1
369
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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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