The Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault

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Penguin, 2008 - Children's stories, French - 78 pages
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With a new introduction by
Jack Zipes

'A great writer . . . a burlesque artist of genius'
Salman Rushdie

With her wryly subversive and exuberant take on Perrault's classic fairy tales, Angela Carter conjures up a world of resourceful women, black-hearted villains, desperate predicaments, wily stratagems and fantastical transformations. Here nothing is as it seems - in 'Cinderella' charm and a powerful patron prove more useful than beauty; in 'Bluebeard' a brazen wife outwits her murderous husband; in 'Little Red Riding Hood' smooth pelts hide the most dangerous wolves of all; and in 'Sleeping Beauty' we learn that long engagements aren't always the best. By turns playful, frank, cruel and unnerving, these stories bristle with worldly common sense, earthy humour and gothic imagination.

'Her writing is pyrotechnic' Observer

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About the author (2008)

Angela Carter (1940 - 1992) was an English novelist and journalist, known for her post-feminist magical realist and science fiction works.

Jack David Zipes is a Professor of German at the University of Minnesota whose publications and lectures on fairy tales have transformed research on fairy tales and their linguistic roots and socialization function.

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