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The Great Fairy Tale Tradition: From Straparola and Basile to the Brothers Grimm

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"Criticism" includes seven important assessments of different aspects of the fairy tale tradition, written by W. G. Waters, Benedetto Croce, Lewis Seifert, Patricia Hannon, Harry Velten, Siegfried Neumann, and Jack Zipes Brief biographies of the storytellers and a Selected Bibliography are included.
Paperback, 1008 pages
Published November 2nd 2000 by W. W. Norton & Company
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Alex Telander
In a new text from W. W. Norton and Company (publisher of many of your textbooks) comes the latest compendium of the founding yet moving stories of Europe that are fairy tales. The Great Fairy Tale Tradition, selected and edited by Jack Zipes, has just about every fairy tale you could want. The book has also been published in the Norton tradition, with thin-leaf pages that hold a large number of words, making the book smaller than the thousand pages insinuates, and therefore lowering the price.

Mike Anastasia
This book, along with the anthology by Maria Tatar, was the "textbook" to a fairytale symposium I took a few summers ago while on vacation. It has just about everything one would ask for in a book on folklore with useful commentary throughout.

Of particular use, to my paper at least, was the part on the life of Perrault as well as the background information for the Grimms.
It was interesting to read the (believed) origin of so many classic fairy tale types. Jack Zipes has definitely earned his reputation as knowledgeable in the field of fairy tales. One of my favorite parts of reading his insights is that he speaks clearly and plainly in a way that anyone can understand.
J.G. Keely
Read this for a class by the author. There's certainly nothing wrong with the fairy tales themselves, but I learned more from the dust jacket than I did from taking a class from the editor. We spent most of the semester watching 80's made-for-TV films based off of bad feminist re-writes of the fairy tales.
There is some really amazing stuff in here. You thought the Grimm versions of fairy tales were, uh, grim (sorry, couldn't help it) Try Giambatta Basile or Giovan Straparola. These guys are positively hard-boiled. These are dirty little violent stories. I love them.
Jessica Jernigan
This collection served as my introduction to literary fairy tales. It's a solid selection and, as one would expect from Jack Zipes, the scholarly apparatus is great.
Read this for a grad class, but rereading all of the Snow White tales in preparation for Snow White & the Huntsman.
I bought this out right for my own personal pleasure because I am a fairy tale nut. The books goes through different iterations of the tales across Italian, French and German retellings. The tales are also grouped according to themes.

If you're interested in fairy tales this is definitely a book for you.
It's fascinating to read different iterations (roughly chronologically: Italian, then French, then German) of common fairy tales. This book arranges them thematically with some introductory material, along with a few essays.
Edward Batres
For the most part, Zipes made beautiful translations from French to English. The Italian fairy tales were fascinating.
Elena Sorensen
A truly good anthology - I love how Zipes includes Italian fairy tales along with the traditional French and German.
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Jack David Zipes is an American retired Professor of German at the University of Minnesota, who has published and lectured on the subject of fairy tales, their linguistic roots, and argued that they have a "socialization function". According to Zipes, fairy tales "serve a meaningful social function, not just for compensation but for revelation: the worlds projected by the best of our fairy tales r ...more
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