The Los Angeles Times writes: “Perrault was an iconoclast, a rebel against the tyranny of classical education in the 17th century, who set out to prove that myths based on European folk tales could have as enduring and profound an appeal as the stories of the Greeks and Romans. A new translation of his little book, by Christopher Betts, proves him triumphantly right about that.”
In this beautiful gift edition (including 26 illustrations by Gustave Dore, an attractive ribbon marker, and colorful end papers) are the fairy tales of Perrault: “The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood”, “Bluebeard”, “Puss in Boots.” Also included is the notorious “Donkey-Skin,” often just left out of nineteenth-century editions. Includes appendices on related tales and selected variants, bibliography, chronology, and notes. Simply lovely!
We are Wonders & Marvels are offering three copies of Oxford University Press’ The Complete Fairy Tales by Charles Perrault for our giveaway. To enter, just enter a comment in response to today’s nonsensical question: “In ‘Cinderella,’ a pumpkin is famously transformed into a coach. What other magical use can you think of for a pumpkin?” Please enter by 11:59 PM, Eastern Standard Time, December 22, 2009. Sorry, at this time books cannot be shipped outside of the U.S. Good luck!