The Complete Fairy Tales

The Complete Fairy Tales

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'Oh grandmama, what great big teeth you have!'

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.

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. This new translation by Christopher Betts captures the tone and flavour of Perrault's world, and the delightful spirit of the originals.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 18mm | 192g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 26 black and white
  • 0199585806
  • 9780199585809
  • 50,791

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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Review quote

Bett's new translation of the tales is subtle and clever. * Margaret Reynolds, The Times * Bett's new edition positions Perrault in relation to the many other tales in circulation before and after, offering helpful comparisions. * Margaret Reynolds *
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About Charles Perrault

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