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W.W. Norton & Co | 2002 | ISBN: 0393051633 | 844 pages | siPDF 19.5 MB, djvu 17.8 MB
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 celebrates the best-loved stories of childhood through the vision of Maria Tatar, a leading expert in the field of folklore and children's literature. Challenging the notion that fairy tales can be read for their morals and used to make model citizens of little children, Tatar guides readers through the stories, exploring their historical origins, their cultural complexities, and their psychological effects. By providing children with powerful models for navigating reality, Tatar shows, these tales help children survive in a world ruled by adults. Tatar presents twenty-six classic storiesâ€”including "Beauty and the Beast," "Little Red Hiding Hood," "Jack and the Beanstalk," and "The Little Mermaid." She has personally retranslated the stories that did not appear originally in English and has also assembled over 300 often rare, mostly four-color photographs, paintings, and illustrations, creating a volume that will rank as one of the finest fairy tale collections in many decades. 350 four-color illustrations.
From School Library Journal
Adult/High School-The level of content, commentary, and art in this beautifully designed volume will confound anyone who contends that fairy tales are "just for kids." Tatar presents fresh and appealing translations of 26 traditional stories (primarily European), accompanied by engrossing annotations placed attractively in the wide margins of the large-sized pages. In clear, accessible prose, she links the tales to their original oral traditions and cultural contexts, and discusses the varied interpretations imposed by critics over time and across philosophical and psychological perspectives. Hundreds of high-quality, color reproductions of period illustrations illuminate and enhance Tatar's cogent remarks about the power of illustrators to influence and comment on a story through visual interpretation. The supplemental sections are as fascinating as the main material: biographies of authors, collectors, and illustrators; variant texts of "Little Red Riding Hood" and "The Three Bears"; the illustrations of Walter Crane and George Cruikshank; and an extensive bibliography. This book offers multiple pleasures for browsing, pondering, and sharing, and is as good a source for reading aloud as for research.
The commentary is as fascinating as the stories and art in this large-size collection of 26 classic, mainly European, fairy tales, which have been newly translated in an immediate colloquial style. "Spare me your blubbering!" the witch tells Gretel. "Do I have to go as I am, in these shabby clothes?" Cinderella asks her fairy godmother. True to the oral tradition, each lively tale is perfect for reading aloud; but in addition, Harvard professor Tatar brings folklore scholarship to the general reader with annotations right there in the margins of the spacious pages. She talks about historical context, psychology, feminism, cultural variations, and more. She also includes more than 300 color illustrations by classic artists and discusses how they extend the stories. Far from any therapeutic approach, in Tatar's view, fairy tales say that life is hard and the pleasure is in defeating those "giant stepmothers, ogres, monsters, and trolls also known as grownups." With a lengthy bibliography and biographies of authors, artists, and collectors, this is for folklore collections as well as for storytellers in the library and at home.
Scenes of Storytelling
1 Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, "Little Red Riding Hood"
2 Charles Perrault, "Cinderella, or the Little Glass Slipper"
3 Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, "Hansel and Gretel"
4 Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont, "Beauty and the Beast"
5 Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, "Snow White"
6 Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, "Sleeping Beauty"
7 Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, "Rapunzel"
8 Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, "The Frog King, or Iron Heinrich"
9 Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, "Rumpelstiltskin"
10 Joseph Jacobs, "Jack and the Beanstalk"
11 Charles Perrault, "Bluebeard"
12 Philipp Otto Runge, "The Juniper Tree"
13 Alexander Afanasev, "Vasilisa the Fair"
14 Peter Christen AsbjÃ¸rnsen and JÃ¸rgen Moe, "East of the Sun and West of the Moon"
15 Joseph Jacobs, "Molly Whuppie"
16 Joseph Jacobs, "The Story of the Three Little Pigs"
17 Charles Perrault, "Donkeyskin"
18 Joseph Jacobs, "Kate Crackernuts"
19 Charles Perrault, "Master Cat, or Puss in Boots"
20 Anonymous, "The Story of the Three Bears"
21 Charles Perrault, "Tom Thumb"
22 Hans Christian Andersen, "The Emperor's New Clothes"
23 Hans Christian Andersen, "The Little Match Girl"
24 Hans Christian Andersen, "The Princess and the Pea"
25 Hans Christian Andersen, "The Ugly Duckling"
26 Hans Christian Andersen, "The Little Mermaid"
Biographies of Authors and Collectors
Biographies of Illustrators
Appendix 1 Little Red Riding Hood
Appendix 2 – Robert Southey, "The Story of the Three Bears"
Appendix 3 – Walter Crane's Illustrations
Appendix 4 – George Cruikshank's Illustrations
Further Reading on Fairy Tales
Anthologies of Fairy Tales
Bibliography of Illustrations
Houghton Library Illustration Credits
About the Author
Tags: FairyTales, Mythology, Literature, LiteraryCriticism
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