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Fairy Tale: A Very Short Introduction101
Marina Warner guides us through the rich world of fairy tale, from Cinderella and Hansel and Gretel to Snow White and Pan's Labyrinth. Exploring pervasive themes of folklore, myth, the supernatural, imagination, and fantasy, Warner highlights the impact of the genre on human understanding, history, and culture.
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Gramayre Review from previous edition the book is an enchanted material object, and reading a journey toward knowledge and wisdom.
Times Literary Supplement thoroughly enjoyable and scholarly account
Literary Review elegantly concise
Desperate Reader, Hayley Anderton ...this is a book to treasure. It really is the perfect introduction to the subject.
Rowan Williams, New Statesman wide ranging and handsomely produced
Amanda Craig, Mslexia wise, witty, elegant, little book
Helen Parry, Shiny New Books This is a book to treasure.
Shahidha Bari, Times Higher Education Marina Warner's newest book is as pocket-sized and potent as one might expect a short history of fairy tales to be...she manages to be astute without being intrusive...there is sharpness too.
Irish Times Warner is always intelligent, writes with great elegance and bubbles over with new ideas and impressions. Many will enjoy her style, wide range of literary reference and infectious enthusiasm.
Wall Street Journal Marina Warner's new book distills her work on the literary, cultural, psychological and social influence of fairy tales, old and new, into an elegant little volume. From fantasy to feminism - it is all here.
The Economist For such a small book it carries a heavy load, but Ms Warner's insights are both surprising and rewarding.
The Tablet An expert and intruiging guide to the roots and triffid-like growth of a significant genre
The Lady a spellbinding cultural tour de force
Amanda Craig, Observer Marina Warner is our doyenne of fairy stories ... her scholarly knowledge is not just worn lightly but presented with a flourish
Patrick Neale, The Bookseller her light touch effortlessly imparts knowledge in your mind. A beautifully produced book, this will be a joy to anyone who loves stories.
Marina Warner's award-winning studies of mythology and fairy tales include Once Upon a Time (OUP, 2014) Alone of All Her Sex: The Myth and the Cult of the Virgin Mary (OUP, 1976; re-issued 2013), Stranger Magic: Charmed States & the Arabian Nights (Vintage, 2012), and No Go the Bogeyman: Scaring, Lulling and Making Mock (Vintage, 1998). Her Clarendon Lectures Fantastic Metamorphoses; Other Worlds were published in 2001 by OUP; her essays on literature and culture were collected in Signs & Wonders (Vintage, 2000), and Phantasmagoria, a study of spirits and technology, appeared in 2006 (OUP). In 2015 she was awarded the Holberg Prize, and in 2013 she was awarded a Sheykh Zayed Prize and the Truman Capote Award. She was awarded a CBE for services to Literature in 2008. She is a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, an Honorary Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the British Academy.
Prologue 1: The worlds of Faery: far away and down below 2: With a touch of her wand: magic & metamorphosis 3: Voices on the page: tales, tellers, & translators 4: Potato soup: true stories/real life 5: Childish things: pictures & conversations 6: On the couch: house-training the Id 7: In the dock: don't bet on the Prince 8: Double vision: the dream of reason 9: On stage and screen: states of illusion Epilogue Further reading Index