Marianna Mayer


Born
in New York City, New York, The United States
November 08, 1945


Marianna Mayer lives in Roxbury, Connecticut.
"I see folktales and myths as humankind's first stories," says Marianna Mayer. "They are a kind of collective dreaming, filled with timeless symbols and images we can all relate to, regardless of age or culture. And, much as an oyster must be disturbed by a grain of sand in order for the pearl to be created, I often choose to retell stories in which I find unresolved fragments that are somehow perplexing to me."

Though widely known as a children's book writer, Marianna Mayer's early education focused on visual art. "It seems to me there was never a time when I didn't want to be an artist, " she says. "I liked to tell stories with pictures and compose music. My sister and I put on plays made up f
...more

Average rating: 4.29 · 15,702 ratings · 794 reviews · 55 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Twelve Dancing Princesses

by
4.32 avg rating — 6,141 ratings — published 1989 — 5 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Beauty and the Beast

by
4.34 avg rating — 5,863 ratings — published 1978 — 8 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Baba Yaga and Vasilisa the ...

by
4.28 avg rating — 1,279 ratings — published 1994 — 3 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Pegasus

by
4.16 avg rating — 519 ratings — published 1998 — 2 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Unicorn and the Lake

by
4.19 avg rating — 232 ratings — published 1982 — 7 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Ivanhoe

by
3.93 avg rating — 199 ratings — published 2004 — 2 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Adventures of Tom Thumb

by
3.80 avg rating — 122 ratings — published 2001 — 4 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Turandot

by
4.21 avg rating — 106 ratings — published 1995 — 2 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Me and My Flying Machine

by
4.35 avg rating — 88 ratings — published 1971 — 5 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Unicorn Alphabet

by
4.13 avg rating — 107 ratings — published 1989 — 5 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
More books by Marianna Mayer…

Upcoming Events

No scheduled events. Add an event.

“I see folktales and myths as humankind's first stories. They are a kind of collective dreaming, filled with timeless symbols and images we can all relate to, regardless of age or culture.”
Marianna Mayer

Polls

Favorite retelling of Twelve Dancing Princesses

Entwined Entwined by Heather Dixon Heather Dixon
 
  45 votes, 30.8%

Princess of the Midnight Ball Princess of the Midnight Ball (Princess, #1) by Jessica Day George Jessica Day George
 
  23 votes, 15.8%

Wildwood Dancing Wildwood Dancing (Wildwood, #1) by Juliet Marillier Juliet Marillier
 
  21 votes, 14.4%

The Twelve Dancing Princesses The Twelve Dancing Princesses by Marianna Mayer Marianna MayerK.Y. Craft
 
  11 votes, 7.5%

The Thirteenth Princess The Thirteenth Princess by Diane Zahler Diane Zahler
 
  10 votes, 6.8%

The Night Dance The Night Dance A Retelling of "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" (Once Upon a Time) by Suzanne Weyn Suzanne Weyn
 
  8 votes, 5.5%

The Princess Curse The Princess Curse by Merrie Haskell Merrie Haskell
 
  6 votes, 4.1%

The Girls at the Kingfisher Club The Girls at the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine Genevieve Valentine
 
  6 votes, 4.1%

The Twelve Dancing Princesses The Twelve Dancing Princesses by Brigette Barrager Brigette Barrager
 
  5 votes, 3.4%

The Twelve Dancing Princesses The Twelve Dancing Princesses by John Cech John Cech
 
  3 votes, 2.1%

The Phoenix Dance The Phoenix Dance by Dia Calhoun Dia Calhoun
 
  2 votes, 1.4%

The Twelve Dancing Princesses The Twelve Dancing Princesses by Ruth Sanderson Ruth Sanderson
 
  2 votes, 1.4%

Twelve Dancing Unicorns Twelve Dancing Unicorns by Alissa Heyman Alissa Heyman
 
  2 votes, 1.4%

The Twelve Dancing Princesses The Twelve Dancing Princesses by Rachel Isadora Rachel Isadora
 
  2 votes, 1.4%

More...

Topics Mentioning This Author

topics posts views last activity  
Children's Books: April 2011: Royalty Theme (Master List and General Discussion) 49 183 Apr 07, 2011 01:10PM  
Chicks On Lit: The Last Letter 2032 919 Apr 05, 2013 02:19AM  
Into the Forest: Beastly - Spoilers 15 31 Apr 05, 2014 02:15PM  
Into the Forest: Fairy tale sub-genres - preferences? 49 43 Mar 23, 2016 02:02PM  
Into the Forest: Beauty and the Beast 52 145 Jul 08, 2016 11:52AM  
What's the Name o...: Kids picture storybook. Probably a fairy tale or princess plot 8 19 Jul 09, 2020 08:23PM  
Children's Books: March 2018: Folk and Fairy Tales 119 80 Nov 10, 2020 11:28AM  
One Million Pages...: Lindy-Lane's MILL 159 202 Apr 29, 2021 06:05AM  


Is this you? Let us know. If not, help out and invite Marianna to Goodreads.