Fairy Tales and Fables from Weimar Days

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Jack Zipes
Univ of Wisconsin Press, 1997 - Fiction - 211 pages

Political "fairy tales" by progressive Weimar activists

Deliberately transforming traditional German fairy tales and fables into utopian narratives and social commentary, political activists wrote the stories in this collection for progressive youth groups during the years of the German Weimar Republic, 1919 to 1933. Noted folklore scholar Jack Zipes has edited and translated these thirty-two tales by sixteen Weimar authors, who include such notable writers as Kurt Schwitters, Oskar Maria Graf, and Hermynia Zur M hlen. Zipes has also provided an introduction, notes and bibliography, period illustrations, and concise biographies of the authors, many of whom were later killed, persecuted, or forced into exile by the Nazis.

 

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Contents

Recovering the Utopian Spirit of
3
Kings Tyrants Misers an d Other Fools
14
Kurt Schwitters
31
Joachim Ringelnatz
47
Bela Balazs
71
The Holy Wetness
97
Burufu the Magician
112
The Fairy Tale about the King
127
Robert Grotzsch
147
The Revolution in the Zoo
165
Heinrich Schulz
181
Notes on Authors
193
Bibliography
207
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