Told Again

Told Again : Old Tales Told Again - Updated Edition

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Originally published in 1927, Told Again is an enchanting collection of elegant fairy tales, showcasing the formidable talents of a writer who used magical realism before the term had even been invented. Walter de la Mare (1873-1956) was one of the most celebrated writers of children's literature during the first half of the twentieth century--so much so that W. H. Auden edited a selection of his poems and British children could recite de la Mare's verses by heart. His abundant literary gifts can be savored once more in this new edition. With marvelous black and white illustrations by A. H. Watson, this volume includes a splendid introduction by Philip Pullman, the contemporary master of fantasy literature. The significance of the nineteen adapted classics in Told Again lies in de la Mare's poetic insights and graceful prose, which--as Pullman indicates in his introduction--soften and sweeten the originals, making these tales appropriate for younger readers. In "The Four Brothers," the siblings allow the princess to choose her own husband rather than argue over her; and in "Rapunzel," de la Mare discreetly leaves out details of the prince's tortured, blind search for his love.
Familiar stories, such as "Little Red Riding-Hood," "Rumplestiltskin," and "The Sleeping Beauty" are also made new through de la Mare's expansive, descriptive, and lyrical prose. Pullman covers important details about de la Mare's life and captures the stylistic intention behind the rewriting of these wonderful favorites. Reviving the work of a writer who exemplified a romantic vision and imagination, Told Again is a remarkable retelling of fairy tales touched by mystery and magic.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 248 pages
  • 140 x 203 x 21.08mm | 369g
  • New Jersey, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • Revised edition
  • 38 line illus.
  • 0691159211
  • 9780691159218
  • 1,072,744

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"This superb edition of Told Again brings a neglected work to twenty-first-century readers and is a great addition to the Oddly Modern Fairy Tales series. As Pullman's introduction shows, the collection sheds light on a poet's view of the wonder tale and its near relatives."--Pauline Greenhill, University of Winnipeg
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Table of contents

List of Illustrations vii Introduction 1 Told Again The Hare and the Hedgehog 11 The Four Brothers 18 The Musicians 29 Dick Whittington 37 Cinderella and the Glass Slipper 50 The Dancing Princesses 68 Little Red Riding-Hood 81 Jack and the Beanstalk 92 The Turnip 117 The Wolf and the Fox 129 The Three Sillies 136 Bluebeard 144 Snow-White 156 The Twelve Windows 170 Clever Grethel 182 Rumplestiltskin 188 The Sleeping Beauty 200 Molly Whuppie 214 Rapunzel 223
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Review Text

"This superb edition of Told Again brings a neglected work to twenty-first-century readers and is a great addition to the Oddly Modern Fairy Tales series. As Pullman's introduction shows, the collection sheds light on a poet's view of the wonder tale and its near relatives."--Pauline Greenhill, University of Winnipeg
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"[A] wonderful book."--Michael Dirda, Washington Post
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About Walter de La Mare

Philip Pullman's many books include the best-selling and award-winning children's series, His Dark Materials (Knopf). He recently edited and introduced Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm (Viking).
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