The Old Wives' Fairy Tale Book
Pantheon Books, 1995 - Fairy tales - 242 pages
Fairy tales, folk tales, stories from the oral tradition, are all of them the most vital connection we have with the imaginations of the ordinary men and women whose labour created our world."
-- From the Introduction
There was a time when fairy tales weren't meant just for children -- they were part of an oral folklore tradition passed down through generations. This volume of sixty enchanting and enduring tales, collected by master storyteller Angela Carter, revives the industry, eccentricity, spirit, and worldly wisdom of women in preindustrial times. Drawn from narrative traditions all around the world -- from ancient Swahili legends to Appalachian tall tales to European spirit stories and more -- these tales together comprise a unique feminine mythology.
Angela Carter (1940-1992) was widely known for her novels, short stories, and journalism. Her many books include The Magic Toy Shop, The Sadeian Woman, Nights at the Circus, Fireworks, and Saints and Strangers.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LisaMorr - LibraryThing
This was a great collection of fairy tales from all over the world (Eskimo, Burmese, Greek, English, Indian, Russian, West African, Icelandic, etc.). I recognized quite a few as fairy tales I knew as a child, or precursors to those, and others were completely new to me. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - CurrerBell - LibraryThing
My personal liking is for "fractured" fairy tales, "fractured" and lengthier – stories/novellas/novels employing a traditional fairy tale but with a "twist." Consequently, this collection of more ... Read full review
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