Transformations

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2001 - Poetry - 111 pages
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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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I highly recommend this book. Although not for the faint of heart, it is a refreshing new and unique perspective/version of some beloved fairy tales from"back in the day" , as some of us say. Very enjoyable. Anne is definitely an acquired taste as far as authors/poets are concerned. Very original! 

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Contents

THE GOLD KEY
1
SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS
3
THE WHITE SNAKE
11
RUMPELSTILTSKIN
17
THE LITTLE PEASANT
25
GODFATHER DEATH
31
RAPUNZEL
35
IRON HANS
43
ONEEYE TWOEYES THREEEYES
59
THE WONDERFUL MUSICIAN
67
RED RIDING HOOD
73
THE MAIDEN WITHOUT HANDS
81
THE TWELVE DANCING PRINCESSES
87
THE FROG PRINCE
93
HANSEL AND GRETEL
101
BRIAR ROSE SLEEPING BEAUTY
107

CINDERELLA
53

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

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