Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm by Philip Pullman
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...retold here with an ear for rhythm and dramatic timing, for speeding toward terrible fates and poetic justice, and a fidelity that isn't engineered to lead readers down any one particular path.
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The acclaimed retelling of the world’s best-loved fairy tales by the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Golden Compass—now in paperback, and with 3 new tales!

Two centuries ago, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm published their first volume of fairy tales. Since then, such stories as “Cinderella,” “Snow White,” “Rapunzel,” and “Hansel and Gretel” have become deeply woven into the Western imagination. Now Philip Pullman, the New York Times–bestselling author of the His Dark Materials trilogy, makes us fall in love all over again with the immortal tales of the Brothers Grimm.

Here are Pullman’s fifty favorites—a wide-ranging selection that includes the most popular stories as well as lesser-known treasures like “The Three Snake Leaves,” “Godfather Death,” and “The Girl with No Hands”—alongside his personal commentaries on each story’s sources, variations, and everlasting appeal. Suffused with romance and villainy, danger and wit, Pullman’s beguiling retellings will cast a spell on readers of all ages.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.


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About Philip Pullman

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PHILIP PULLMAN won the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in honor of the body of his work. His books include the internationally renowned His Dark Materials trilogy. Mr. Pullman lives with his wife in Oxford, England.
 
Published November 8, 2012 by Penguin Classics. 434 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Above average
Reviewed by Amanda Katz on Dec 17 2012

If Mr. Pullman’s Grimm is relatively traditional, that is a gesture of respect not only to these folk tales but to their origins, and to the surety we, like small children, sometimes crave in our stories.

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Excellent
Reviewed by Marjorie Ingall on Nov 30 2012

Pullman tells each tale in a straightforward manner, hewing closely to the Grimm originals. His translations are perfection.

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Good
Reviewed by Mindy Farabee on Nov 30 2012

...retold here with an ear for rhythm and dramatic timing, for speeding toward terrible fates and poetic justice, and a fidelity that isn't engineered to lead readers down any one particular path.

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