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The Complete Fairy Tales By Charles Perrault

The Complete Fairy Tales by Charles Perrault

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Perrault's classic fairy tales in a scintillating new translation, including the less familiar verse tales and with illustrations by Gustave Dore. The introduction explores the imaginative power of the stories and the many interpretations to which they have been subject.

The Complete Fairy Tales Summary

The Complete Fairy Tales by Charles Perrault

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 Dore's wonderful illustrations add a further dimension to their imaginative power.

The Complete Fairy Tales Reviews

Christopher Betts is a gifted translator and conveys much of Perrault's wit and irony. Ruth More, TLS This is a new translation by Christopher Betts, and it's magnificent. William Darragh, Fortean Times Handsome book. Ruth Moore, Times Literary Supplement Excellent new translation. Amanda Craig, The Times

About Charles Perrault

Christopher Betts was a Senior Lecturer in French at the University of Warwick until retirement. He has translate Montesquieu's ersian Letters for Penguin, and Rousseau's Social Contract for OWC.

Table of Contents

The History of Griselda ; Three Silly Wishes ; Donkey-Skin ; The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood ; Little Red Riding-Hood ; Bluebeard ; Puss in Boots ; The Fairies ; Cinderella ; Ricky the Tuft ; Hop o' my Thumb

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The Complete Fairy Tales by Charles Perrault
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Oxford University Press
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