The Complete Fairy Tales by Charles Perrault

The Complete Fairy Tales

byCharles PerraultTranslated byChristopher Betts

Paperback | November 1, 2010

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'Oh grandmama, what great big teeth you have!'Charles Perrault's versions gave classic status to the humble fairy tale, and it is in his telling that the stories of Little Red Riding-Hood, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and the rest have been passed down from the seventeenth century to the present day. Perrault's tales were enjoyed in the salonsof Louis XIV as much as they were loved in the nursery, and it is their wit, humour, and lively detail that capture the imagination of adult and child alike. They transmute into vivid fantasies the hidden fears and conflicts by which children are affected: fears of abandonment, or worse, conflictswith siblings and parents, and the trials of growing up. In addition to the familiar stories, this edition also includes the three verse tales - the troubling account of patient Griselda, the comic Three Silly Wishes, and the notorious Donkey-Skin. This new translation by Christopher Betts captures the tone and flavour of Perrault's world, and thedelightful spirit of the originals.

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Christopher Betts was a Senior Lecturer in French at the University of Warwick until retirement. He has translated Montesquieu's Persian Letters for Penguin, and Rousseau's Social Contract for OWC.
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Title:The Complete Fairy TalesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.07 inPublished:November 1, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199585806

ISBN - 13:9780199585809

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Table of Contents

The History of GriseldaThree Silly WishesDonkey-SkinThe Sleeping Beauty in the WoodLittle Red Riding-HoodBluebeardPuss in BootsThe FairiesCinderellaRicky the TuftHop o'my Thumb

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"The world has waited over 300 years for a really good critical edition in English of the fairy tales of Charles Perrault. Now we have in this book a reference version which will be hard for any scholar to surpass in years to come....this excellent book." --Books for Keeps, January 2010