The first edition of its kind, The Great Fairy Tale Tradition is indispensable for students of fairy tales.
This collection of tales is organized into 38 themes, including clever thieves, dangerous sirens, faithful servants, magic helpers, taming of shrews, lucky bumpkins, bloodthirsty husbands, and the beast as bridegroom. Fairy writers in addition to those mentioned in the subtitle include Charlotte-Rose de la Force, Charles Perrault, Jean de Mailly, and Eustache Le Noble. Seven critical articles by Zipes, Benedetto Croce and others, concentrate mostly on the Grimms, Perrault, Basile, and Straparola. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)