Victorian Fairy Tales
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Victorian Fairy Tales

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Newton Michael
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This anthology brings together 14 of the best Victorian fairy tales, by major period writers as well as specialists in the genre, to show the vibrancy of the form and its ability to reflect our deepest concerns. From whimsy to satire, the stories reveal the preoccupations of the age and celebrate the value of the imagination.
Introduction; Note on the Texts; Select Bibliography; A Chronology of the Victorian Fairy Tale; PROLOGUE; Grimm, 'Rumpel-Stilts-Kin'; Hans Christian Andersen, 'The Princess and the Peas'; VICTORIAN FAIRY TALES; Robert Southey, 'The Story of the Three Bears'; John Ruskin, 'The King of the Golden River'; William Makepeace Thackeray, 'The Rose and the Ring'; George MacDonald, 'The Golden Key'; Dinah Mulock Craik, 'The Little Lame Prince and His Travelling Cloak'; Mary De Morgan, 'The Wanderings of Arasmon'; Juliana Horatia Ewing, 'The First Wife's Wedding Ring'; Oscar Wilde, 'The Selfish Giant'; Andrew Lang, 'Prince Prigio'; Ford Madox Ford, 'The Queen Who Flew'; Laurence Housman, 'The Story of the Herons'; Kenneth Grahame, 'The Reluctant Dragon'; E. Nesbit, 'Melisande'; Rudyard Kipling, 'Dymchurch Flit'; APPENDIX: What is a Fairy Tale?'; John Ruskin, 'Introduction' to German Popular Tales; Juliana Horatia Ewing, 'Preface' to Old-Fashioned Fairy Tales; George MacDonald, 'The Fantastic Imagination'; Laurence Housman, 'Introduction' to Gammer Grethel's Fairy Tales; Explanatory Notes
'The Queen and the bat had been talking a good deal that afternoon...'
The Victorian fascination with fairyland vivified the literature of the period, and led to some of the most imaginative fairy tales ever written. They offer the shortest path to the age's dreams, desires, and wishes. Authors central to the nineteenth-century canon such as W. M. Thackeray, Oscar Wilde, Ford Madox Ford, and Rudyard Kipling wrote fairy tales, and authors primarily famous for their work in the genre include George MacDonald, Juliana Ewing, Mary De Morgan, and Andrew Lang. This
anthology brings together fourteen of the best stories, by these and other outstanding practitioners, to show the vibrancy and variety of the form and its abilities to reflect our deepest concerns.

In tales of whimsy and romance, witty satire and uncanny mystery, love, suffering, family, and the travails of identity are imaginatively explored. Michael Newton's Introduction and notes provide illuminating contextual and biographical information about the authors and the development of the literary fairy tale. A selection of original illustrations is also included.

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