Annotated Classic Fairy Tales

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Maria Tatar, Professor Maria Tatar
W. W. Norton & Company, Oct 29, 2002 - Fiction - 445 pages
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Not since Bruno Bettelheim's The Uses of Enchantment has there been such an illuminating contribution to the world of children's fairy tales.

The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales is a remarkable treasure trove, a work that celebrates the best-loved tales of childhood and presents them through the vision of Maria Tatar, a leading authority in the field of folklore and children's literature. Into the woods with Little Red Riding Hood, up the beanstalk with Jack, and down through the depths of the ocean with the Little Mermaid, this volume takes us through many of the familiar paths of our folkloric heritage. Gathering together twenty-five of our most cherished fairy tales, including enduring classics like "Beauty and the Beast," "Jack and the Beanstalk," " ," and "Bluebead," Tatar expertly guides readers through the stories, exploring their historical origins, their cultural complexities, and their psychological effects. Offering new translations of the non-English stories by the likes of Hans Christian Andersen, Brothers Grimm, or Charles Perrault, Tatar captures the rhythms of oral storytelling and, with an extraordinary collection of over 300 often rare, mostly four-color paintings and drawings by celebrated illustrators such as Gustave Doré, George Cruikshank, and Maxfield Parrish, she expands our literary and visual sensibilities. As Tatar shows, few of us are aware of how profoundly fairy tales have influenced our culture. Disseminated across a wide variety of historical and contemporary media ranging from opera and drama to cinema and advertising, they constitute a vital part of our storytelling capital. What has kept them alive over the centuries is exactly what keeps life pulsing with vitality and variety: anxieties, fears, desires, romance, passion, and love. Up close and personal, fairy tales tell us about the quest for romance and riches, for power and privilege, and, most importantly, they show us a way out of the woods back to the safety and security of home. Challenging the notion that fairy tales should be read for their moral values and used to make good citizens of little children, Tatar demonstrates throughout how fairy tales can be seen as models for navigating reality, helping children to develop the wit and courage needed to survive in a world ruled by adults. This volume seeks to reclaim this powerful cultural legacy, presenting the stories that we all think we know while at the same time providing the historical contexts that unlock the mysteries of the tales. The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales is a volume that will rank as one of the finest fairy tale collections in many decades, a provocative and original work to be treasured by students, parents, and children.
 

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User Review  - Kayla.Krantz - LibraryThing

This book offers a wonderful look at the fairy tales we've heard as children, but in the glorious splendor of their original forms. We also get a look at the different authors involved, and the ... Read full review

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User Review  - waltzmn - LibraryThing

This book has both the strengths and the weaknesses of the "Annotated" series. Strengths, in that it takes good material and makes it better. Weaknesses, in that it sometimes really misses the ... Read full review

Contents

Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD
17
JeanneMarie Leprince de Beaumont
58
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm SLEEPING BEAUTY
95
Joseph Jacobs JACK AND THE BEANSTALK
131
Charles Perrault BLUEBEARD
145
Philipp Otto Runge THE JUNIPER TREE
186
Joseph Jacobs MOLLY WHUPPIE
201
Charles Perrault DONKEYSKIN
212
Hans Christian Andersen THE EMPERORS NEW CLOTHES
269
Hans Christian Andersen THE LITTLE MATCH GIRL
278
Hans Christian Andersen THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA
284
Hans Christian Andersen THE LITTLE MERMAID
302
Biographies of Authors and Collectors
333
JeanneMarie Leprince de Beaumont
340
Edward BurneJones
353
Further Reading
367

Joseph Jacobs KATE CRACKERNUTS
229
Anonymous THE STORY OF THE THREE BEARS
245
Charles Perrault TOмM THUMB
253
Appendix 3
381
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About the author (2002)

Maria Tatar is the John L. Loeb Research Professor and a Senior Fellow at Harvard University. The editor of the Norton Critical Edition of The Classic Fairy Tales and The Annotated Brothers Grimm, she lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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