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The fairy tales of Perrault--stories that are known and loved around the world--are now available in this scintillating paperback edition, with twenty-six stunning illustrations by Gustave DorA(c). The superb translation by Christopher Betts exactly captures the tone and flavor of Perrault's world, and the delightful spirit of the originals. In addition to the classic prose tales--including The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood, Little Red Riding-Hood, Bluebeard, Puss in Boots, Cinderella, and Hop o' my Thumb--this new translation adds Perrault's tales in verse: a long poem on the subject of Patient Griselda; the notorious Donkey-Skin; and the comic Three Silly Wishes. Bett's introduction deftly illuminates why in Perrault's hands these humble fairy tales have such great imaginative power, showing how they transmute into vivid fantasies the hidden fears and conflicts by which children are affected--fears of abandonment, conflicts with siblings and parents--and resolve so satisfactorily the problems experienced by children while growing up. The volume also includes appendices on related tales and selected variants, a bibliography, chronology, and notes.
Bett's new edition positions Perrault in relation to the many other tales in circulation before and after, offering helpful comparisions. * Margaret Reynolds * Bett's new translation of the tales is subtle and clever. * Margaret Reynolds, The Times *
The History of GriseldaThree Silly WishesDonkey-SkinThe Sleeping Beauty in the WoodLittle Red Riding-HoodBluebeardPuss in BootsThe FairiesCinderellaRicky the TuftHop o'my Thumb
ISBN: 9780199585809 ISBN-10: 0199585806 Series: Oxford World's Classics Hardback Collection Audience:
Number Of Pages: 256 Published: 14th January 2011 Publisher: Oxford University Press Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 13.7
Weight (kg): 0.19