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Book Title: Beauty and the Beast and Other Classic French Fairy Tales|
The author of the book: Jack D. Zipes
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Edition: Signet Classics
Date of issue: March 1st 1997
ISBN 13: 9780451526489
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Reader ratings: 7.1
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This is by and large the best anthology of "Beauty and the Beast" fairy tales out there, in my opinion, and I mean the original story that was conceived in the luxurious salons of the French nobility, not the countryside folktales of animal bridegrooms told by the peasantry, and definitely not retellings penned by contemporary authors.
None of that. These are the very original ones, before and from round and after Madame Gabrielle-Suzanne de Villeneuve's 1743 fairy tale that's the mother of them all. Professor Jack D. Zipes went for compiling all the literary fairy stories from the 1600s and 1700s that most people, including B&B fans, don't know, and has made them available in this tome, in which he's also included a few non-B&B tales that are part of the salon literary production of the period. Here, you'll find twenty-four stories, distributed as follows:
- An Introduction by Zipes entitled The Rise of the French Fairy Tale and the Decline of France.
- A note on the translation of the stories contained here, done by Zipes himself.
- A note on the present paperback edition (which I encourage readers to pay attention to, because many will expect to find material that was omitted from the hardcover edition, like the Villeneuve tale, which is absent. The hardcover edition is harder to find, I myself couldn't find it, but for those curious, it's this one: Beauties, Beasts and Enchantment).
- Ten tales by Charles Perrault.
The Master Cat, or Puss in Boots
Cinderella, or The Glass Slipper
The Sleeping Beauty in the Woods
Riquet with the Tuft
Little Red Riding Hood
The Foolish Wishes
- One tale by Marie-Jeanne L'Héritier (The Discreet Princess, or The Adventures of Finette).
- One tale by Catherine Bernard (Riquet with the Tuft).
- One tale by Henriette Julie de Murat (The Palace of Revenge).
- One tale by Jean-Paul Bignon (Princess Zeineb and King Leopard).
- One tale by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont (Beauty and the Beast).
- One tale by Mademoiselle de Lubert (The Princess Camion).
- Eight tales by Marie-Catherine d'Aulnoy.
The Island of Happiness
The Blue Bird
The Yellow Dwarf
The Green Serpent
The White Cat
Belle-Belle, or The Chevalier Fortune
That means about 12 tales haven't been included here, as the hardcover edition boasts 36 tales. I am not aware of why this was done, but I lament the omission of Villeneuve's novel-length fairy tale, which I think should be more known. I was also very surprised by the absence of Charlotte-Rose de Caumont de la Force, who was from the same period and whose fairy tale Persinette is incomprehensibly missing from this anthology (... unless it's included in the other edition), and also by the absence of another famous salonnière, Sophie de Ségur, who's from a bit later (round Beaumont's time) and whose tale Ourson definitely fits both the B&B category and the salon fairy tale style. Why they've not been included, I'll never know.
But, on the other hand, I'm very happy to see Madame d'Aulnoy here. She's my favourite of the lot, and has written three of my favourite B&B originals. I was also pleased to see Bignon's tale here, which I'd been searching for unsuccessfully after learning it had likely influenced Villeneuve's story. I'd never read Murat or L'Héritier before either, and it was nice to get to know their work.
All in all, I consider this anthology superior to similar Beauty & Beast anthologies by Betsy Hearne, Maria Tatar and Heidi Anne Heiner, all of which mix B&B and Animal Bridegroom tales indiscriminately (no, both categories aren't the same). Less "complete," maybe, for being more selective, but definitely better for my taste.
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Read information about the authorJack David Zipes is a retired Professor of German at the University of Minnesota. He has published and lectured extensively 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 reveal the gaps between truth and falsehood in our immediate society." His arguments are avowedly based on the neo-Marxist critical theory of the Frankfurt School.
Zipes enjoys using droll titles for his works like Don't Bet on the Prince and The Trials and Tribulations of Little Red Ridinghood.
He completed a PhD in comparative literature at Columbia University. Zipes taught at various institutions before heading German language studies at the University of Minnesota. He has retranslation of the complete fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm.