The Classic Fairy Tales

by Iona Opie

Other authorsPeter Opie (Author)
Hardcover, 1992


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Due Apr 21, 2019


Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1992.


Presents the texts of twenty-four well-known fairy tales as they were first printed in English and summarizes the history of each title, especially from the textual point of view.

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LibraryThing member antiquary
A collection of well-known tales with historical/critical introductions tracing variants from different times and places. Most stories are generally known from European (English, French, German) traditions though they may have other connections. Stories include well-known ones like Tom Thumb, Jack the Giant-killer, Sleeping Beauty, Little Red Ridinghood, , Bluebeard, Puss in Boots, Beauty and the Beast, Snow White, Rumpelstiltskin,
Goldilocks, and the Princess and the Pea, and others less known (at least to me) such as The Yellow Dwarf, Diamonds and Toads, The Three Heads in the Well, and The Swineherd .Though these stories are often told to children, this edition is more aimed at adult readers interested in the background of the tales. The special point of this book is that its version of the tales are the first known versions in English -- early translations of Perrault and the like. As the Opies point out, folklorists often focus on trying to find the most "authentic" folk versions, but in fact the versions which become beloved and influential are "literary" versions.
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LibraryThing member BenjaminRead
A seminal text. One of the most important (and oft-returned to) texts on my reference shelves.



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