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The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales

 
 
 
 
The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales
Author: Bruno Bettelheim
ISBN 13: 9780307739636
ISBN 10: 307739635
Edition: 1
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: 2010-05-11
Format: Paperback
Pages: 352
List Price: $17.00
 
 

Bruno Bettelheim was one of the great child psychologists of the twentieth century and perhaps none of his books has been more influential than this revelatory study of fairy tales and their universal importance in understanding childhood development.

Analyzing a wide range of traditional stories, from the tales of Sindbad to “The Three Little Pigs,” “Hansel and Gretel,” and “The Sleeping Beauty,” Bettelheim shows how the fantastical, sometimes cruel, but always deeply significant narrative strands of the classic fairy tales can aid in our greatest human task, that of finding meaning for one’s life.

Saturday Review - Leslie Fietler

It is good to have [Bettelheim] come out so unequivocally on the side of fairy tales.