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Worlds Classics
10 April 2018
Children's literature studies: general; Classic fiction (pre c 1945); Traditional stories (Children's&YA)
"Oh grandmama, what great big teeth you have!"

Charles Perrault's versions gave classic status to the humble fairy tale, and it is in his telling that the stories of Little Red Riding-Hood, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and the rest have been passed down from the seventeenth century to the present day. Perrault's tales were enjoyed in the salons of Louis XIV as much as they were loved in the nursery, and it is their wit, humor, and lively detail that capture the imagination of adult and child alike. They transmute into vivid fantasies the hidden fears and conflicts by which children are affected: fears of abandonment, or worse, conflicts with siblings and parents, and the trials of growing up.

In addition to the familiar stories, this edition also includes the three verse tales - the troubling account of patient Griselda, the comic Three Silly Wishes, and the notorious Donkey-Skin. This translation by Christopher Betts captures the tone and flavor of Perrault's world, and the delightful spirit of the originals.
By:   Charles Perrault
Translated by:   Christopher Betts (Retired Senior Lecturer University of Warwick)
Imprint:   Worlds Classics
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 224mm,  Width: 141mm,  Spine: 26mm
Weight:   390g
ISBN:   9780198817970
ISBN 10:   0198817975
Series:   Oxford World's Classics Hardback Collection
Pages:   264
Publication Date:   10 April 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Christopher Betts was a Senior Lecturer in French at the University of Warwick until retirement. He has translated Montesquieu's Persian Letters for Penguin, and Rousseau's Social Contract and Jean de La Fontaine's Selected Fables for Oxford World's Classics.

Reviews for The Complete Fairy Tales

Bett's new translation of the tales is subtle and clever. * Margaret Reynolds, The Times * Bett's new edition positions Perrault in relation to the many other tales in circulation before and after, offering helpful comparisions. * Margaret Reynolds * Betts gives the stories the sense of humour ... The Gustave Dore illustrations in the Oxford editions add to the baroque feel of the thing as well. These are fairy tales that are as much a pleasure to read now as they were to be told once upon a time ago. * Desperate Reader *

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