OLD WIVES FAIRY TALE BOOK (Pantheon Fairy Tale & Folklore Library)

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Funny, ribald, riduculous, and romantic illustrated wives' tales from around the world feature female protagonists from the silly to the cruel

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folk tales, stories from the oral tradition, are all of them the most vital connection we have with the imaginations of the ordinary men and women whose labour created our world."

-- From the Introduction

There was a time when fairy tales weren't meant just for children -- they were part of an oral folklore tradition passed down through generations. This volume of sixty enchanting and enduring tales, collected by master storyteller Angela Carter, revives the industry, eccentricity, spirit, and worldly wisdom of women in preindustrial times. Drawn from narrative traditions all around the world -- from ancient Swahili legends to Appalachian tall tales to European spirit stories and more -- these tales together comprise a unique feminine mythology.

Angela Carter (1940-1992) was widely known for her novels, short stories, and journalism. Her many books include The Magic Toy Shop, The Sadeian Woman, Nights at the Circus, Fireworks, and Saints and Strangers.

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"A splendid folklore series."

-- Washington Post

Other titles in the Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library include The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales, Victorian Fairy Tales, Folktales from India, American Indian Myths and Legends, Arab Folktales, and Favorite Folktales from Around the World.

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