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From the Beast to the Blonde:  On Fairy Tales and Their Tellers

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From the Beast to the Blonde: On Fairy Tales and Their Tellers

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Author: Marina Warner
Publisher: Vintage, 2015
Vintage, 2000
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1995
Vintage, 1995
Chatto & Windus, 1994
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Book Type: Non-Fiction
Genre: Fantasy
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Winner of the Mythopoeic Scholarship Award for Myth and Fantasy Studies

Entrancing, multi-layered and as wittily subversive as fairy tales themselves, this beautifully illustrated work explores and illuminates the unfolding history of famous fairy tales and the contexts in which they flourished. It also lifts the curtain on the tellers themselves -- from ancient sibyls and old crones to the more modern Angela Carter and, of course, Walt Disney. A brilliant compendium of folklore, fairytales and learning which reveals unexpected links and histories behind some of our oldest and most-loved tales.

Table of Contents:

Part One - The Tellers

  1. In the Cave of the Enchantress
  2. The Old Wives' Tale
  3. Word of Mouth
  4. Game Old Birds
  5. No Hideous Hum
  6. Saint Anne, Dear Nan
  7. The Magic of the Cross
  8. The Glass Paving and the Secret Foot
  9. On Riddles, Asses and the Wisdom of Fools
  10. Sweet Talk, Pleasant Laughter
  11. In the Kingdom of Fiction
  12. Granny Bonnets, Wolves' Cover

Part Two - The Tales

  1. Absent Mothers
  2. Wicked Stepmothers
  3. Demon Lovers
  4. The Ogre's Appetite
  5. Reluctant Brides
  6. Go! Be a Beast
  7. The Runaway Girls
  8. The Silence of the Fathers
  9. The Language of Hair
  10. From the Beast to the Blonde
  11. The Silence of the Daughters

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