The Complete Fairy Tales by Charles Perrault
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This new edition of The Complete Fairy Tales by Charles Perrault...is a mix of the seductively repellent and the decorously charming.
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Charles Perrault's versions gave classic status to the humble fairy tale, and it is in his telling that the stories of Little Red Riding-Hood, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and the rest have been passed down from the seventeenth century to the present day. Perrault's tales were enjoyed in the salons of Louis XIV as much as they were loved in the nursery, and it is their wit, humour, and lively detail that capture the imagination of adult and child alike. They
transmute into vivid fantasies the hidden fears and conflicts by which children are affected: fears of abandonment, or worse, conflicts with siblings and parents, and the trials of growing up. This new translation by Christopher Betts exactly captures the tone and flavour of Perrault's world, and the
delightful spirit of the originals.

In addition to the familiar stories, this edition also includes the three verse tales - the troubling account of patient Griselda, the comic Three Silly Wishes, and the notorious Donkey-Skin. The introduction explores the nature of the stories and how they have been interpreted; Gustave Doré's wonderful illustrations add a further dimension to their imaginative power.
 

About Charles Perrault

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Charles Perrault was a French author and member of the prestigious Acad?mie Fran?aise. Taking his inspiration from folk tales, Perrault created the fairy tale genre, including such enduring tales as "Little Red Riding Hood," "Cinderella," "Puss in Boots," and "Sleeping Beauty," which were published in 1697 as part of his Tales of Mother Goose. Amongst the most influential literary figures in 17th century France, Perrault took part in the creation of the Academy of Sciences, the restoration of the Academy of Painting, and was secretary of the Academy of Inscriptions and Belles-Lettres. He also initiated the Quarrel of the Ancients and the Moderns, and led the Modern faction which argued that the literature from the century of Louis XIV was superior to that of the ancients. Perrault's work served as an inspiration for the Brothers Grimm, and continues to be adapted for the stage, opera, ballet, and film. Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864), though best known for his novels and short stories for adults, also produced several works for children, including a companion volume to A Wonder Book called Tanglewood Tales (1853). About the Illustrator: Walter Crane (1845-1915) was one of the most popular English illustrators of children's books in the late nineteenth century. He was one of the first book artists to experiment with color in picture books.
 
Published October 14, 2010 by OUP Oxford. 256 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by JANICE KULYK KEEFER on Aug 23 2012

This new edition of The Complete Fairy Tales by Charles Perrault...is a mix of the seductively repellent and the decorously charming.

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