Fairy Tale Fridays is a weekly feature here on Dame’s Book Nook highlighting everything mythological and folkloric in the book world. This can be everything from anthologies, retellings, poetry, or nonfiction.
The Classic Fairy Tales by Maria Tatar
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This Norton Critical Edition collects forty-four fairy tales, from the fifth century to the present. The Classic Fairy Tales focuses on six tale types: “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Snow White,” “Cinderella,” “Bluebeard,” and “Hansel and Gretel,” and presents multicultural variants and sophisticated literary rescriptings. Also reprinted are tales by Hans Christian Andersen and Oscar Wilde. “Criticism” gathers twelve essays that interpret aspects of fairy tales, including their social origins, historical evolution, psychological drama, gender issues, and national identities. A Selected Bibliography is included.
This is an amazing little collection of essays, tales, and retellings filled with a wide variety of opinions, stories, and characters. I can honestly say that this is one of the books that inspired me to look deeper into the study of the fairy tale and how it shapes so many cultures. But it doesn’t just have that. It also has retellings from the likes of Angela Carter, Roald Dahl, and more. Reading this book leaves you both entertained and enlightened about such an integral part of literature, and I honestly recommend it for everyone, not just fairy tale lovers.