The Old Wives' Fairy Tale Book

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Angela Carter, Corinna Sargood
Pantheon Books, 1990 - Fiction - 242 pages
7 Reviews
Funny, ribald, riduculous, and romantic illustrated wives' tales from around the world feature female protagonists from the silly to the cruel

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User Review  - Melinda Belle Harrison - Goodreads

Fairy tales and folklore from around the world, updated and remarked on by Angela Carter who was a lover of a good tale. Read full review

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User Review  - Gloria Mccracken - Goodreads

If you're a fairy tale geek -- which I am, this collection of fairy tales (with no punches pulled) which have women or girls as main characters is just the thing. Includes several (possibly more than several) unsuitable for children. Those Inuit are a bawdy bunch ! Read full review


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About the author (1990)

A powerful and disturbing writer, Angela Carter created haunting fiction about travelers surviving their passage through a disintegrating universe. Often based on myth or fairy tale-borrowed or invented for the occasion-her work evokes the most powerful aspects of sexuality and selfhood, of life and death, of apocalypse. Carter's most successful novels include The Magic Toyshop (1967), which received the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and Several Perceptions (1968), winner of the Somerset Maugham Award. The Passion of New Eve (1977), a story of the end of the world and its possible new beginning with failed mankind replaced by a self-generating womankind. She translated many fairy tales and wrote several collections of short stories, including The Bloody Chamber (1979) which won the Cheltenham Festival of Literature Award and was the basis for the powerful movie A Company of Wolves. She worked as a journalist and as a professor at Brown and the University of Texas. She published two nonfiction books of interest: Nothing Sacred, selected writings, and The Sadeian Woman (1979).

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