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

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

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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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
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  • Category: Literary studies: general
  • ISBN: 9780099479512

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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.