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Spells of Enchantment brings together the best literary fairy tales ever written, arranged to provide a sense of the history and evolution of this ancient genre. Focusing on the work of the most gifted writers of the great Western literary movements from classical times to the present. Jack Zipes's collection shows how some of literature's most creative minds have tried th Spells of Enchantment brings together the best literary fairy tales ever written, arranged to provide a sense of the history and evolution of this ancient genre. Focusing on the work of the most gifted writers of the great Western literary movements from classical times to the present. Jack Zipes's collection shows how some of literature's most creative minds have tried their hand at mixing the magic ingredients of the fairy tale--and how the genre has been marvelously transformed according to each writer's particular genius. Including more than sixty tales by such master practitioners of the art as Perrault, Voltaire, Goethe, Hoffmann, Hawthorne, Wilde, Yeats, Hesse, Thurber, Calvino, Philip K. Dick, Robert Coover, and Angela Carter, this authoritative, original, and unique volume is sure to bewitch readers of all ages. The Smile of the Sphinx • (1991) • short story by Ingeborg Bachmann (trans. of Das Lächeln der Sphinx? 1949) When the Clock Strikes • (1980) • short story by Tanith Lee The Fisherman and His Soul • (1891) • novelette by Oscar Wilde Cinderella Continued, or the Rat and the Six Lizards • (1984) • short story by Guillaume Apollinaire (trans. of La suite de Cendrillon, ou Le rat et les six lézards 1919) Cupid and Psyche (excerpt) • [Cupid and Psyche] • (1951) • short fiction by Apuleius [as by Lucius Apuleius] The Merchant's Two Sons • (1932) • short story by Giambattista Basile (trans. of Lo mercanto 1634) xi • Introduction (Spells of Enchantment: The Wondrous Fairy Tales of Western Culture) • (1991) • essay by Jack Zipes xxx • A Note on the Texts and the Acknowledgments (Spells of Enchantment: The Wondrous Fairy Tales of Western Culture) • (1991) • essay by Jack Zipes xxxiv •  Cupid and Psyche (The Golden Asse) • (1923) • interior artwork by Jean de Bosschère 28 • Of Feminine Subtlety • (1824) • short story by unknown 32 • The Pig Prince • (1894) • short story by Giovanni Francesco Straparola (trans. of Galeotto 1551) [as by Giovanni Straparola] 37 •  Night the Second: The First Fable (The Nights of Straparola) • (1894) • interior artwork by Edward Robert Hughes [as by E. R. Hughes] 45 •  The Merchant (The Pentameron) • (1952) • interior artwork by Michael Ayrton 48 • Ricdin-Ricdon • (1991) • novelette by Marie-Jeanne L'Héritier de Villandon (trans. of Ricdin-Ricdon 1705) [as by Marie-Jeanne L'Héritier] 85 • Riquet with the Tuft • (1989) • short story by Charles Perrault (trans. of Riquet à la Houppe 1697) 88 •  Riquet à la Hoppe (Les Contes des Fees) • (1890) • interior artwork by unknown 91 • Green Serpent • (1989) • novelette by Comtesse d'Aulnoy (trans. of Serpentin vert 1698) [as by Marie-Cathérine d'Aulnoy] 96 •  Green Serpent (D'Aulnoy's Fairy Tales) • (1923) • interior artwork by Gordon Browne 115 • Parslinette • (1991) • short story by Charlotte Rose Caumont de la Force (trans. of Persinette 1697) 122 • Prince Ahmed and the Fairy Pari-Banou • (1991) • novelette by Antoine Galland (trans. of Histoire de prince Ahmed et de la fée Pari-Banou 1717) 157 •  Prince Ahmed and the Fairy Pari-Banou • (unknown) • interior artwork by unknown 160 • The Queen Fantasque • (1991) • short story by Jean-Jacques Rousseau (trans. of La Reine fantasque 1758) 172 • The White Bull • (1905) • novelette by Voltaire (trans. of Le taureau blanc 1774) 174 •  The White Bull (Zadig and Other Romances) • (1926) • interior artwork by Henry Keen 199 • Libussa • (1991) • novella by Johann Karl August Musäus (trans. of Libussa 1782) 200 •  Libussa (Volksmärchen der Deutschen)? • (1842) • interior artwork by Ludwig Richter 233 • The Philosophers' Stone • (1991) • novelette by Christoph Martin Wieland (trans. of Der Stein der Weisen 1786) 258 • The Fairy Tale • (1962) • novelette by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (trans. of Das Märchen? 1795) [as by Johann Wolfgang Goethe] 281 • Eckbert the Blond • (1991) • novelette by Ludwig Tieck (trans. of Der blonde Eckbert 1797) 293 •  Der Blonde Eckbert (Märchen und Erzählungen)? • (1968) • interior artwork by Frank Ruddigkeit 296 • A Wondrous Oriental Tale of a Naked Saint • (1991) • short story by Wilhelm Heinrich Wackenroder (trans. of Ein wunderbares morgenländisches Märchen von einem nackten Heiligen? 1797) 300 • Hyacinth and Roseblossom • (1991) • short story by Novalis (trans. of Hyazinth und Rosenblüthe? 1802) 304 • The Mines of Falun • (1969) • novelette by E. T. A. Hoffmann (trans. of Die Bergwerke zu Falun 1819) 312 •  The Mines of Falun (The Tales of Hoffmann) • (1943) • interior artwork by Hugo Steiner-Prag 325 • The Lady of Gollerus • (1991) • short story by Thomas Crofton Croker [as by T. Crofton Croker] 326 •  The Lady of Gollerus (Great Fairy Tales of Ireland) • (1973) • interior artwork by Richard Hook (British) 330 • Snow White and Rose Red • [KHM (Kinder- und Hausmärchen)? • 161] • (1987) • short story by Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm (trans. of Schneeweißchen und Rosenroth? 1837) [as by Wilhelm Grimm] 333 •  Snow-White and Rose-Red (Household Stories) • (1853) • interior artwork by E. H. Wehnert 337 • Bluebeard's Ghost • (1843) • short story by William Makepeace Thackeray 357 • Feathertop • (1852) • short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne (variant of Feathertop: A Moralized Legend) 373 • The Shadow • (1949) • short story by Hans Christian Andersen (trans. of Skyggen 1847) 376 •  The Visit of the Shadow (Stories and Tales) • (1864) • interior artwork by A. W. Bayes 383 • Spiegel the Cat • (1946) • novelette by Gottfried Keller (trans. of Spiegel, das Kätzchen? 1855) 392 •  Spiegel the Cat (Legends and People) • (1953) • interior artwork by Joseph Low 410 • Hinzelmeier: A Thoughtful Story • (1983) • novelette by Theodor Storm (trans. of Hinzelmeier: Eine nachdenkliche Geschichte 1850) 429 • The Day Boy and the Night Girl • (1879) • novelette by George MacDonald (variant of The History of Photogen and Nycteris: A Day and Night Mährchen) 459 •  The Day Boy and the Night Girl • (1882) • interior artwork by Arthur Hughes 462 • The Griffin and the Minor Canon • (1885) • short story by Frank R. Stockton 472 •  The Griffin and the Minor Canon (The Queen's Museum and Other Fanciful Tales) • (1906) • interior artwork by Frederick Richardson 474 • The Three Clever Kings • (1880) • short story by Mary de Morgan 480 •  The Three Clever Kings (The Necklace of Princess Fiorimonde and Other Stories) • (1880) • interior artwork by Walter Crane 483 •  For I Have Seen Wonderful Things (A House of Pomegranates) • (1891) • interior artwork by Charles Ricketts 509 • Where to Lay the Blame • (1894) • short story by Howard Pyle 512 •  Where to Lay the Blame (Twight Land) • (1894) • interior artwork by Howard Pyle 515 • The Tale of the 672nd Night • (1983) • short story by Hugo von Hofmannsthal (trans. of Das Märchen der 672. Nacht? 1895) 528 •  A Chinese Fairy-Tale (The Blue Moon) • (1904) • interior artwork by Clemence Housman 529 • A Chinese Fairy-Tale • (1901) • short story by Laurence Housman 536 • The Queen of Quok • (1901) • short story by L. Frank Baum 537 •  The Queen of Quok • (1901) • interior artwork by Ike Morgan 544 • Dreams That Have No Moral • (1902) • short story by W. B. Yeats [as by William Butler Yeats] 552 • The Five Boons of Life • (1902) • short story by Mark Twain 555 • The Story of Jubal, Who Had No "I" • (1913) • short fiction by August Strindberg (trans. of Jubal utan jeg 1903) 561 • How Treason Came to Russia • (1932) • short story by Rainer Maria Rilke (trans. of Wie der Verrat nach Russland kam 1900) 564 • The Story of the Fairy Tale • (1907) • short story by Carl Ewald 566 • The Seven Wives of Bluebeard • (1920) • novelette by Anatole France (trans. of Les sept femmes de la Barbe-Bleue 1909) 572 •  The Seven Wives of Bluebeard (Golden Tales of Anatole France) • (1927) • interior artwork by L. A. Patterson 583 • The Vegetational Fatherhood • (1991) • short story by Mynona (trans. of Die vegetabilische Vaterschaft 1913) 588 • The Kith of the Elf-Folk • (1908) • short story by Lord Dunsany 600 • The Forest Dweller • (1991) • short story by Hermann Hesse (trans. of Der Waldmensch 1919) 609 • The Three Wishes • (1991) • short story by Kurt Schwitters (trans. of Die drei Wünsche? 1925) 613 • The Seventh Dwarf • (1991) • short story by Franz Hessel (trans. of Der siebte Zwerg 1926) 615 • The Fairy Tale About Technology • (1991) • short story by Alfred Döblin? (trans. of Das Märchen von der Technik? 1935) 618 •  The Little Girl and the Wolf (Fables for Our Time) • (1940) • interior artwork by James Thurber 619 • The Girl and the Wolf • (1939) • short story by James Thurber (variant of The Little Girl and the Wolf) 620 • The Fairy Tale of the King • (1991) • short story by Georg Kaiser (trans. of Das Märchen des Königs? 1943) 622 • The Fairy Tale About Common Sense • (1991) • short story by Erich Kästner? (trans. of Das Märchen von der Vernunft? 1948) 628 • The Tale of the Singing Branch, the Bird of Truth, and the Water of Youth • (1953) • short story by Henri Pourrat (trans. of Conte de la branche qui chante, de l'oiseau de vérité, et de l'eau qui fait devenir jeune 1948) 635 • The King of the Elves • (1953) • novelette by Philip K. Dick 652 • The Enchanted Palace • (1962) • short story by Italo Calvino (trans. of Il palazzo incantato 1956) 658 • Five Men and a Swan • (1957) • short story by Naomi Mitchison 672 • Bluebeard's Daughter • (1935) • novelette by Sylvia Townsend Warner 686 • The Crow • (1991) • short story by Christoph Meckel (trans. of Die Krähe? 1975) 692 • Prince Ferrix and the Princess Crystal • [Bajki robotów (Robots' Fables)] • (1974) • short story by Stanisław Lem? (trans. of Z dzieła cyfrotikon, czyli o dewijacyach, superfiksacyach a waryacyach serdecznych: o Królewiczu Ferrycym i Królewnie Krystali? 1965) [as by Stanislaw Lem] 699 •  O królewiczu Ferrycym i królewnie Krystalii (Cyberiada) • (1965) • interior artwork by Daniel Mróz? 701 • Sleeping Beauty • (1991) • short story by Günter Kunert? (trans. of Dornröschen? 1972) 702 • Hans My Hedgehog • (1991) • short story by Janosch (trans. of Hans mein Igel 1972) 703 •  Hans mein Igel (Janosch erzählt Grimms Märchen) • (1972) • interior artwork by Janosch 704 • The Dead Queen • (1973) • short story by Robert Coover 712 •  The Lady and the Merman (Neptune Rising: Songs and Tales of the Undersea Folk) • (1982) • interior artwork by David Wiesner 713 • The Lady and the Merman • (1976) • short story by Jane Yolen 716 • Rumpelstiltskin • (1991) • short story by Rosemarie Künzler? (trans. of Rumpelstilzchen 1976) 718 • Tom Thumb Runs Away: A Christmas Story • (1983) • short story by Michel Tournier (trans. of Le fugue du petit Poucet 1978) 729 • The Tiger's Bride • (1979) • short story by Angela Carter 745 • The Princess and the Frog • (1981) • short story by Robin McKinley 772 • Pichounetta and the Sergeant of Arles • (1989) • short story by Michael de Larrabeiti


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Spells of Enchantment brings together the best literary fairy tales ever written, arranged to provide a sense of the history and evolution of this ancient genre. Focusing on the work of the most gifted writers of the great Western literary movements from classical times to the present. Jack Zipes's collection shows how some of literature's most creative minds have tried th Spells of Enchantment brings together the best literary fairy tales ever written, arranged to provide a sense of the history and evolution of this ancient genre. Focusing on the work of the most gifted writers of the great Western literary movements from classical times to the present. Jack Zipes's collection shows how some of literature's most creative minds have tried their hand at mixing the magic ingredients of the fairy tale--and how the genre has been marvelously transformed according to each writer's particular genius. Including more than sixty tales by such master practitioners of the art as Perrault, Voltaire, Goethe, Hoffmann, Hawthorne, Wilde, Yeats, Hesse, Thurber, Calvino, Philip K. Dick, Robert Coover, and Angela Carter, this authoritative, original, and unique volume is sure to bewitch readers of all ages. The Smile of the Sphinx • (1991) • short story by Ingeborg Bachmann (trans. of Das Lächeln der Sphinx? 1949) When the Clock Strikes • (1980) • short story by Tanith Lee The Fisherman and His Soul • (1891) • novelette by Oscar Wilde Cinderella Continued, or the Rat and the Six Lizards • (1984) • short story by Guillaume Apollinaire (trans. of La suite de Cendrillon, ou Le rat et les six lézards 1919) Cupid and Psyche (excerpt) • [Cupid and Psyche] • (1951) • short fiction by Apuleius [as by Lucius Apuleius] The Merchant's Two Sons • (1932) • short story by Giambattista Basile (trans. of Lo mercanto 1634) xi • Introduction (Spells of Enchantment: The Wondrous Fairy Tales of Western Culture) • (1991) • essay by Jack Zipes xxx • A Note on the Texts and the Acknowledgments (Spells of Enchantment: The Wondrous Fairy Tales of Western Culture) • (1991) • essay by Jack Zipes xxxiv •  Cupid and Psyche (The Golden Asse) • (1923) • interior artwork by Jean de Bosschère 28 • Of Feminine Subtlety • (1824) • short story by unknown 32 • The Pig Prince • (1894) • short story by Giovanni Francesco Straparola (trans. of Galeotto 1551) [as by Giovanni Straparola] 37 •  Night the Second: The First Fable (The Nights of Straparola) • (1894) • interior artwork by Edward Robert Hughes [as by E. R. Hughes] 45 •  The Merchant (The Pentameron) • (1952) • interior artwork by Michael Ayrton 48 • Ricdin-Ricdon • (1991) • novelette by Marie-Jeanne L'Héritier de Villandon (trans. of Ricdin-Ricdon 1705) [as by Marie-Jeanne L'Héritier] 85 • Riquet with the Tuft • (1989) • short story by Charles Perrault (trans. of Riquet à la Houppe 1697) 88 •  Riquet à la Hoppe (Les Contes des Fees) • (1890) • interior artwork by unknown 91 • Green Serpent • (1989) • novelette by Comtesse d'Aulnoy (trans. of Serpentin vert 1698) [as by Marie-Cathérine d'Aulnoy] 96 •  Green Serpent (D'Aulnoy's Fairy Tales) • (1923) • interior artwork by Gordon Browne 115 • Parslinette • (1991) • short story by Charlotte Rose Caumont de la Force (trans. of Persinette 1697) 122 • Prince Ahmed and the Fairy Pari-Banou • (1991) • novelette by Antoine Galland (trans. of Histoire de prince Ahmed et de la fée Pari-Banou 1717) 157 •  Prince Ahmed and the Fairy Pari-Banou • (unknown) • interior artwork by unknown 160 • The Queen Fantasque • (1991) • short story by Jean-Jacques Rousseau (trans. of La Reine fantasque 1758) 172 • The White Bull • (1905) • novelette by Voltaire (trans. of Le taureau blanc 1774) 174 •  The White Bull (Zadig and Other Romances) • (1926) • interior artwork by Henry Keen 199 • Libussa • (1991) • novella by Johann Karl August Musäus (trans. of Libussa 1782) 200 •  Libussa (Volksmärchen der Deutschen)? • (1842) • interior artwork by Ludwig Richter 233 • The Philosophers' Stone • (1991) • novelette by Christoph Martin Wieland (trans. of Der Stein der Weisen 1786) 258 • The Fairy Tale • (1962) • novelette by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (trans. of Das Märchen? 1795) [as by Johann Wolfgang Goethe] 281 • Eckbert the Blond • (1991) • novelette by Ludwig Tieck (trans. of Der blonde Eckbert 1797) 293 •  Der Blonde Eckbert (Märchen und Erzählungen)? • (1968) • interior artwork by Frank Ruddigkeit 296 • A Wondrous Oriental Tale of a Naked Saint • (1991) • short story by Wilhelm Heinrich Wackenroder (trans. of Ein wunderbares morgenländisches Märchen von einem nackten Heiligen? 1797) 300 • Hyacinth and Roseblossom • (1991) • short story by Novalis (trans. of Hyazinth und Rosenblüthe? 1802) 304 • The Mines of Falun • (1969) • novelette by E. T. A. Hoffmann (trans. of Die Bergwerke zu Falun 1819) 312 •  The Mines of Falun (The Tales of Hoffmann) • (1943) • interior artwork by Hugo Steiner-Prag 325 • The Lady of Gollerus • (1991) • short story by Thomas Crofton Croker [as by T. Crofton Croker] 326 •  The Lady of Gollerus (Great Fairy Tales of Ireland) • (1973) • interior artwork by Richard Hook (British) 330 • Snow White and Rose Red • [KHM (Kinder- und Hausmärchen)? • 161] • (1987) • short story by Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm (trans. of Schneeweißchen und Rosenroth? 1837) [as by Wilhelm Grimm] 333 •  Snow-White and Rose-Red (Household Stories) • (1853) • interior artwork by E. H. Wehnert 337 • Bluebeard's Ghost • (1843) • short story by William Makepeace Thackeray 357 • Feathertop • (1852) • short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne (variant of Feathertop: A Moralized Legend) 373 • The Shadow • (1949) • short story by Hans Christian Andersen (trans. of Skyggen 1847) 376 •  The Visit of the Shadow (Stories and Tales) • (1864) • interior artwork by A. W. Bayes 383 • Spiegel the Cat • (1946) • novelette by Gottfried Keller (trans. of Spiegel, das Kätzchen? 1855) 392 •  Spiegel the Cat (Legends and People) • (1953) • interior artwork by Joseph Low 410 • Hinzelmeier: A Thoughtful Story • (1983) • novelette by Theodor Storm (trans. of Hinzelmeier: Eine nachdenkliche Geschichte 1850) 429 • The Day Boy and the Night Girl • (1879) • novelette by George MacDonald (variant of The History of Photogen and Nycteris: A Day and Night Mährchen) 459 •  The Day Boy and the Night Girl • (1882) • interior artwork by Arthur Hughes 462 • The Griffin and the Minor Canon • (1885) • short story by Frank R. Stockton 472 •  The Griffin and the Minor Canon (The Queen's Museum and Other Fanciful Tales) • (1906) • interior artwork by Frederick Richardson 474 • The Three Clever Kings • (1880) • short story by Mary de Morgan 480 •  The Three Clever Kings (The Necklace of Princess Fiorimonde and Other Stories) • (1880) • interior artwork by Walter Crane 483 •  For I Have Seen Wonderful Things (A House of Pomegranates) • (1891) • interior artwork by Charles Ricketts 509 • Where to Lay the Blame • (1894) • short story by Howard Pyle 512 •  Where to Lay the Blame (Twight Land) • (1894) • interior artwork by Howard Pyle 515 • The Tale of the 672nd Night • (1983) • short story by Hugo von Hofmannsthal (trans. of Das Märchen der 672. Nacht? 1895) 528 •  A Chinese Fairy-Tale (The Blue Moon) • (1904) • interior artwork by Clemence Housman 529 • A Chinese Fairy-Tale • (1901) • short story by Laurence Housman 536 • The Queen of Quok • (1901) • short story by L. Frank Baum 537 •  The Queen of Quok • (1901) • interior artwork by Ike Morgan 544 • Dreams That Have No Moral • (1902) • short story by W. B. Yeats [as by William Butler Yeats] 552 • The Five Boons of Life • (1902) • short story by Mark Twain 555 • The Story of Jubal, Who Had No "I" • (1913) • short fiction by August Strindberg (trans. of Jubal utan jeg 1903) 561 • How Treason Came to Russia • (1932) • short story by Rainer Maria Rilke (trans. of Wie der Verrat nach Russland kam 1900) 564 • The Story of the Fairy Tale • (1907) • short story by Carl Ewald 566 • The Seven Wives of Bluebeard • (1920) • novelette by Anatole France (trans. of Les sept femmes de la Barbe-Bleue 1909) 572 •  The Seven Wives of Bluebeard (Golden Tales of Anatole France) • (1927) • interior artwork by L. A. Patterson 583 • The Vegetational Fatherhood • (1991) • short story by Mynona (trans. of Die vegetabilische Vaterschaft 1913) 588 • The Kith of the Elf-Folk • (1908) • short story by Lord Dunsany 600 • The Forest Dweller • (1991) • short story by Hermann Hesse (trans. of Der Waldmensch 1919) 609 • The Three Wishes • (1991) • short story by Kurt Schwitters (trans. of Die drei Wünsche? 1925) 613 • The Seventh Dwarf • (1991) • short story by Franz Hessel (trans. of Der siebte Zwerg 1926) 615 • The Fairy Tale About Technology • (1991) • short story by Alfred Döblin? (trans. of Das Märchen von der Technik? 1935) 618 •  The Little Girl and the Wolf (Fables for Our Time) • (1940) • interior artwork by James Thurber 619 • The Girl and the Wolf • (1939) • short story by James Thurber (variant of The Little Girl and the Wolf) 620 • The Fairy Tale of the King • (1991) • short story by Georg Kaiser (trans. of Das Märchen des Königs? 1943) 622 • The Fairy Tale About Common Sense • (1991) • short story by Erich Kästner? (trans. of Das Märchen von der Vernunft? 1948) 628 • The Tale of the Singing Branch, the Bird of Truth, and the Water of Youth • (1953) • short story by Henri Pourrat (trans. of Conte de la branche qui chante, de l'oiseau de vérité, et de l'eau qui fait devenir jeune 1948) 635 • The King of the Elves • (1953) • novelette by Philip K. Dick 652 • The Enchanted Palace • (1962) • short story by Italo Calvino (trans. of Il palazzo incantato 1956) 658 • Five Men and a Swan • (1957) • short story by Naomi Mitchison 672 • Bluebeard's Daughter • (1935) • novelette by Sylvia Townsend Warner 686 • The Crow • (1991) • short story by Christoph Meckel (trans. of Die Krähe? 1975) 692 • Prince Ferrix and the Princess Crystal • [Bajki robotów (Robots' Fables)] • (1974) • short story by Stanisław Lem? (trans. of Z dzieła cyfrotikon, czyli o dewijacyach, superfiksacyach a waryacyach serdecznych: o Królewiczu Ferrycym i Królewnie Krystali? 1965) [as by Stanislaw Lem] 699 •  O królewiczu Ferrycym i królewnie Krystalii (Cyberiada) • (1965) • interior artwork by Daniel Mróz? 701 • Sleeping Beauty • (1991) • short story by Günter Kunert? (trans. of Dornröschen? 1972) 702 • Hans My Hedgehog • (1991) • short story by Janosch (trans. of Hans mein Igel 1972) 703 •  Hans mein Igel (Janosch erzählt Grimms Märchen) • (1972) • interior artwork by Janosch 704 • The Dead Queen • (1973) • short story by Robert Coover 712 •  The Lady and the Merman (Neptune Rising: Songs and Tales of the Undersea Folk) • (1982) • interior artwork by David Wiesner 713 • The Lady and the Merman • (1976) • short story by Jane Yolen 716 • Rumpelstiltskin • (1991) • short story by Rosemarie Künzler? (trans. of Rumpelstilzchen 1976) 718 • Tom Thumb Runs Away: A Christmas Story • (1983) • short story by Michel Tournier (trans. of Le fugue du petit Poucet 1978) 729 • The Tiger's Bride • (1979) • short story by Angela Carter 745 • The Princess and the Frog • (1981) • short story by Robin McKinley 772 • Pichounetta and the Sergeant of Arles • (1989) • short story by Michael de Larrabeiti

30 review for Spells of Enchantment: The Wondrous Fairy Tales of Western Culture

  1. 5 out of 5

    Robert Costic

    I have read many fairy tale collections and this is the best. At almost 800 pages -- just holding the physical book was an undertaking -- it covers a huge number of tales, spanning from ancient Rome to the late 1980s. It features tales written by well-known writers like H.C. Andersen and the Brothers Grimm; tales by authors known in their countries but not necessarily in the United States; and tales that appear translated into English only in this book. With such a huge selection of tales it's i I have read many fairy tale collections and this is the best. At almost 800 pages -- just holding the physical book was an undertaking -- it covers a huge number of tales, spanning from ancient Rome to the late 1980s. It features tales written by well-known writers like H.C. Andersen and the Brothers Grimm; tales by authors known in their countries but not necessarily in the United States; and tales that appear translated into English only in this book. With such a huge selection of tales it's inevitable that not all of them will be to each person's tastes, and I did find myself skipping some after finding them plodding; but more often than not I found myself amazed at having discovered another fantastic author, and by introducing me to so many great writers it has helped me to vastly expand my fairy tale reading list.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    A wonderful book that traces the development of the literary fairy tale. Zipes includes famous authors, such as Wilde and the Grimms, but he also includes less well known stories. The stories range in style, some are funny, some are dark. Most, however, are just plain good. I first read this when I was a freshman in college, and it turned me on to author's I had not read before. I have also used this in reading classes, and the students (even the males) enjoyed it. A wonderful book that traces the development of the literary fairy tale. Zipes includes famous authors, such as Wilde and the Grimms, but he also includes less well known stories. The stories range in style, some are funny, some are dark. Most, however, are just plain good. I first read this when I was a freshman in college, and it turned me on to author's I had not read before. I have also used this in reading classes, and the students (even the males) enjoyed it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Adriana

    I was given this amazing compendium as a child, and it resurfaced from a box in storage... forever on my bookshelf henceforth!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ruth Ann

    From oral tales to written tales, the genre of Fairy tales suggest wonder, magic, enchantments...re-creations. This anthology of tales written for adults will amaze and entertain you. Zipes writes an enlightening introduction that includes information on the elements of a wonder tale, the development of the genre, and how he decided to include the the works in this volume.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Brandon Kendall

    the evolution of fairy tales. starts with greek myth and continues to fairy tales of the middle ages and the age of enlightenment and on into modern fairy tales. (some really good voltaire and thackery)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jenn

    It is quite the colloection, but if you read it straight through some of the stories feel repetitive because they are after all related.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Hayden Chance

    Still one of the best collections of fairy tales out there.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Shawn

    First Quarter review. Having been an Anthropology major, once upon a time, and always having been interested in folklore, a big collection of Western Fairy Tales like this is pretty irresistible. It's also pretty enormous - 800 odd pages, so I've decided the only way to make this work (both with my reading schedule, inter-library loan, and an attempt to avoid burn-out) is to read it in quarters, 200 pages at a time. The introduction to this collection is fascinating, as Zipes traces what we think First Quarter review. Having been an Anthropology major, once upon a time, and always having been interested in folklore, a big collection of Western Fairy Tales like this is pretty irresistible. It's also pretty enormous - 800 odd pages, so I've decided the only way to make this work (both with my reading schedule, inter-library loan, and an attempt to avoid burn-out) is to read it in quarters, 200 pages at a time. The introduction to this collection is fascinating, as Zipes traces what we think of as the "literary fairy tale" (that is to say, the written form) back to its origin, as transcribed oral storytelling tradition of a specific type - the "wonder" folktale (Marveilleux/Zaubermarchen) (as opposed to, say, the legend, fable, anecdote or myth) whose purpose is to instill "awe" and "wonder" in the listener, to alter their view of the world and preserve hope of change through direct action and a belief in the marvelous. In the 15th/16th century Italy, these get transcribed/appropriated from the peasant class oral tradition and included (with many other types of tales) in collections for the aristocracy/wealthy landowners (the only ones who can read) - interestingly, almost from the start, the fairy tale is recursive and self-referential, commenting on previous knowledge of the storyform from oral tradition. In 17th & 18th Century France, the form blooms and perpetuates (it stagnates in England thanks to the Puritan dislike of amusement!), where the tales are used to illustrate and reinforce civility/correct behavior and the accepted social norms of the upper classes. Thus, the sense of wonder is deliberately linked to "the civilizing process" - "fairies" are chosen as widely known magical beings (coded female) representative of the author's/mankind's imagination (and, very pointedly, *not* God, Gods, Angels, The Church or Saints) as source of this "wonder", projected into a Utopian setting ("Once Upon A Time...") and so has a subversive aspect as well (perpetuating imagery and paganistic ideas The Church tried to stamp out) in a new form. The absorption of the translated Arabian Nights allows a distant/orientalist setting in which to place discussions and critiques of current court politics and standards. In the 18th Century - cheap publishing allows colporteurs (traveling peddlers) to disseminate these codified forms all over Europe, increasing their didactic function (they are read to the children and non-literate) while also being read by oral storytellers of the time, thus reintegrated into the oral storytelling tradition (so from oral to lit and back to oral). When the teachers of the Dauphin (and the governesses/nannies of aristocracy), adopt the idea of using the stories as moral instructions, lessons and cautionary tales for their charges, by the 18th Century this gets picked up by mothers of all classes in general (from the cheap books for the literate or the oral tradition for the non-literate) and begins the traditional role of fairy-tales that we associate with the form. As I left off the Introduction, the French fairy-tale was about to influence the German oral tradition... As might be expected, I didn't dig everything here. A hallmark of fairy tales is their rigid structure, and yet within that structure some of these wander all over the map in their pacing (Giambattista Basile's "The Merchant's Two Sons" and "Ricdin-Ricdon", Marie-Jeanne L'Héritier De Villandon's version of Rumpelstilskin, seem to go on forever) or are too didactic ("Of Feminine Subtlety", from the GESTA ROMANORIM, has its heroic Christian hero inflict leprosy on his thieving wife). Lucius Apuleius's "Cupid And Psyche" starts the book as a strong, obvious example of the step from Greek myth in which the Gods seem trapped in a fairy tale. There's a marvelous bit where where Psyche uses a lamp to illuminate her invisible and unidentified husband (Cupid) whom she plans to kill, but when the light exposes him, the lamp flares up (because everything in the world loves Cupid, the God of love!) - and her knife turns aside in shame at the intent to harm him!. Some others are fairly straightforward and familiar ("Parslinette" is Rapunzel) or quirky (Jean-Jacques Rousseau's "The Queen Fantasque" has a very kooky queen and her long-suffering husband dealing with twins gifted by the fairies - it also has some ironic near-snarky meta-comments about fairy-tales that break in on occasion). Antoine Galland's "Prince Ahmed And The Fairy Pari-Banou" is also a bit long-winded but fun for both its Orientalist touches and its surprisingly violent ending (don't push a fairy too far or you and your royal council may end up beaten to death!), a trait it shares with the strange and disturbing "The Pig Prince" by Giovanni Straparola, where the titular beast-man kills his first two wives but is still the hero! Voltaire's "The White Bull", meanwhile, folds Biblical characters (The Witch of Endor, The Serpent Of Eden, etc.) into a somewhat convoluted illustration of his Enlightenment attacks on the Church. I most enjoyed "Green Serpent" by Marie-Catharine d'Aulnoy, where a Princess blessed with Intelligence but cursed with Ugliness travels to a far island populated by puppet people (Pagods) and ruled by an Invisible King (the Pagods even bring the Princess a copy of "Cupid & Psyche" to study!). The King woos her as their arch enemy, the puppet fairy Magotine, plots against her. This story also features an interesting idea where the good fairies cannot undo the malicious fairy's curse so instead opt to gift her with "eventual happiness" thus ensuring she will suffer travails and tests but will come out better in the end. And that's it for now. When I pick it up again, I'll finally reach the German tales, which are my favorite!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Romeo

    Some of these tales were fantastic and I'll come back to them again in the future. Some of these tales were fantastic and I'll come back to them again in the future.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tristy

    At 814 pages, this is quite the compendium. Jack Zipes is THE researcher of folk lore and fairy tales (after C.G. Jung and Joseph Campbell, of course). As with all collections of stories written by different authors, this collection is a mixed bag and unfortunately, more bad than good. While it's fascinating to read fairy tales written by famous authors like Oscar Wilde and Hermann Hesse, there really wasn't a thread to tie them all together. They are listed in chronological order, so the storie At 814 pages, this is quite the compendium. Jack Zipes is THE researcher of folk lore and fairy tales (after C.G. Jung and Joseph Campbell, of course). As with all collections of stories written by different authors, this collection is a mixed bag and unfortunately, more bad than good. While it's fascinating to read fairy tales written by famous authors like Oscar Wilde and Hermann Hesse, there really wasn't a thread to tie them all together. They are listed in chronological order, so the stories bounce all over the place in style and tone - it was difficult to find my bearings in this vast sea of stories. But kudos to Jack Zipes for compiling such a thorough collection!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ann M

    manages to be kind of dry, but still interesting

  12. 5 out of 5

    Christiane

    The reader goes through a journey of wonder. So far I have read one fairy tale and I am walking on clouds. I love it!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lavender

    A ton of great short stories and fairy tales. Some are quite long and others are just a page or 2.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Monica Davis

    The marketing blurb states that this is a "comprehensive anthology of literary fairy tales, which were written explicitly for adults, in English...the best tales of this ancient tradition". (Literary meaning those in the written form.) I was a bit disappointed that, from the thousands of tales that fit this category, the author chose to feature many "ordinary" tales and left out some truly "extraordinary" ones. Albeit subjective, the stories overall are an interesting lesson in historical perspe The marketing blurb states that this is a "comprehensive anthology of literary fairy tales, which were written explicitly for adults, in English...the best tales of this ancient tradition". (Literary meaning those in the written form.) I was a bit disappointed that, from the thousands of tales that fit this category, the author chose to feature many "ordinary" tales and left out some truly "extraordinary" ones. Albeit subjective, the stories overall are an interesting lesson in historical perspective. The author's Introduction, in which he discusses the evolution of fairy tales is quite good.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Philip Chaston

    Very enjoyable. Not for those who balk at 700 pages in a book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Adam

    Finally finished this after a couple years. It will have been the last book I read to my son at bedtime. Adolescence brooks no such ritual, and I'll keep telling myself that's ok until I believe it. Finally finished this after a couple years. It will have been the last book I read to my son at bedtime. Adolescence brooks no such ritual, and I'll keep telling myself that's ok until I believe it.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Byczek

  18. 5 out of 5

    Susan Mansfield

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mr. David

  21. 4 out of 5

    Passerine

  22. 4 out of 5

    Dojna Shearer

  23. 5 out of 5

    Joshua Disneyq

  24. 4 out of 5

    Marie

  25. 4 out of 5

    Laci LeBlanc

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jill

  27. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jolene

  29. 5 out of 5

    Islam Dudaev

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sara

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