From the Beast to the Blonde : On Fairy Tales and Their Tellers Paperback
Entrancing, multi-layered and as wittily subversive as fairy tales themselves, this beautifully illustrated work explores and illuminates the unfolding history of the famous tales, the contexts in which they flourished, and the tellers themselves - from ancient sibylis and old crones to Angela Carter and Disney.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 480 pages, illustrations (some colour) facsimiles, map, portraits (some colour)
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 07/09/1995
- Category: Literary studies: general
- ISBN: 9780099479512
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Review by thorold
Marina Warner's classic account of the cultural history of the fairy-tale, definitely not just a book for the Women's Studies course, but something that should be of great interest to anyone who is interested in the way narratives operate in human societies. It's fascinating to see the ways in which particular families of stories and the images and characters in them merge and split, and are put to use by different generations of storytellers and writers in quite different ways. I have to admit that it took me a couple of years to read this, but that has more to do with the weight of the book than anything else. With it being printed (to the credit of Vintage!) on high-quality glossy paper throughout, you need pretty hefty muscles to manage this in your lap or in bed, but the paperback is too floppy to sit comfortably on a lectern. Still, it's worth that minor inconvenience for the many illustrations, which are unusually well integrated into the text.