22nd out of 34 books — 34 voters
The Victorian Fairy Tale Book (Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library)
From Robert Browning’s Pied Piper of Hamelin and William Makepeace Thackeray’s Rose and the Ring to Kenneth Grahame’s Reluctant Dragon and J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, here are seventeen classic stories and poems from the golden age of the English fairy tale. Some of them amuse, some enchant, some satirize and criticize, but each one–in the words of Laur...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published December 3rd 2002 by Pantheon
(first published 1988)
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I've been interested in folk tales and fairy tales for a while. This book was a bit of an intellectual exercise. I think I may have read one of the poems in it before for school. I'm not familiar with some of the authors, aside from not knowing that Charles Dickens ever wrote a fairy tale. It has a couple of stories that everyone has heard of but maybe never read, such as a poem of the Pied Piper, and J. M. Barrie's "Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens" (like a prequel to the Peter Pan stories).
A thoughtful collection of poems and tales that really embody the magic and morals that became the signature of fairy tales of the period. Who knew so many of the era's most respected writers of classic literature also wrote for children! This collection would be a wonderful addition to the personal library of anyone who loves fairy tales or loves the literature of the Victorian era.
Jan 02, 2011 Dana rated it 3 of 5 stars · review of another edition
I had been curious to reading fairy tales other than the usual Grimms and Andersen, and being interested in anything 19th century/Victorian, this book was exactly what I was looking for. I enjoyed some tales more than others, and liked reading stories for children written by authors I was used to writting for adults.
Jul 01, 2010 Hat of Nikitich rated it 3 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Victorian fairy tales are terrible! Not qualitatively, but they end so awfully, or have such dour overtones. I'm versed in the why of it, it's just a little overwhelming to read through a collection and have it sink in.
Feb 01, 2012 Melinda Jane Harrison rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
One of my favorite books. This is a re-read.
Michael Patrick Hearn’s books include The Annotated Wizard of Oz, The Annotated Huckleberry Finn, The Annotated Christmas Carol, and The Andrew Lang Fairy Tale Book. He lives in New York City.More about Michael Patrick Hearn...