Victorian Fairy Tales
The Victorian fascination with fairyland vivified the literature of the period, and led to some of the most imaginative fairy tales ever written. They offer the shortest path to the age's dreams, desires, and wishes. Authors central to the nineteenth-century canon such as W. M. Thackeray, Oscar Wilde, Ford Madox Ford, and Rudyard Kipling wrote fairy tales, and authors primarily famous for their work in the genre include George MacDonald, Juliana Ewing, Mary De Morgan, and Andrew Lang. This
anthology brings together fourteen of the best stories, by these and other outstanding practitioners, to show the vibrancy and variety of the form and its abilities to reflect our deepest concerns.
In tales of whimsy and romance, witty satire and uncanny mystery, love, suffering, family, and the travails of identity are imaginatively explored. Michael Newton's Introduction and notes provide illuminating contextual and biographical information about the authors and the development of the literary fairy tale. A selection of original illustrations is also included.
- Hardback | 496 pages
- 142 x 219 x 42mm | 614g
- 01 Dec 2018
- Oxford University Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
- 24 black and white illustrations
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detailed and fascinating window into the Victorian mind. * Vulpes Libris, Moira Briggs * this collection does show why the fairy tale can be so irresistable, for both nostalgic and romantic reasons. * Eve Wersocki Morris, Times Literary Supplement * Whimsical or romantic, sharply satirical or fogged with mystery, these powerful tales by the likes of Thackeray, Wilde, and doyenne of the genre, Mary De Morgan, probe the deepest human concerns, while reflecting the more of the period. * The Lady * A handsome volume containing some spectacularly good fairy stories. * Paul Norman, Books Monthly *
About Michael Newton
Gosse's Father and Son for Oxford World's Classics, and The Penguin Book of Ghost Stories and Conrad's The Secret Agent for Penguin. He has written and reviewed for the Times Literary Supplement, London Review of Books, the New Statesman, and The Guardian.