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The Fairies Return: Or, New Tales for Old

by Peter Davies (Compiler)

Other authors: A. E. Coppard (Contributor), Clemence Dane (Contributor), E. M. Delafield (Contributor), Anna Gordon Keown (Contributor), Eric Linklater (Contributor)10 more, Lord Dunsany (Contributor), A. G. Macdonell (Contributor), W. C. Sellar (Contributor), Helen Simpson (Contributor), Lady Eleanor Smith (Contributor), E. OE. Somerville (Contributor), Robert Speaight (Contributor), Christina Stead (Contributor), G. B. Stern (Contributor), R. J. Yeatman (Contributor)

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Series: Oddly Modern Fairy Tales

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Davies, PeterCompilerprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Coppard, A. E.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dane, ClemenceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Delafield, E. M.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Keown, Anna GordonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Linklater, EricContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lord DunsanyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Macdonell, A. G.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sellar, W. C.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Simpson, HelenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Smith, Lady EleanorContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Somerville, E. OE.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Speaight, RobertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Stead, ChristinaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Stern, G. B.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Yeatman, R. J.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tatar, MariaIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0691152306, Hardcover)

Originally issued in 1934, The Fairies Return was the first collection of modernist fairy tales ever published in England, and it marked the arrival of a satirical classic that has never been surpassed. Even today, this reimagining of fourteen timeless tales--from "Puss in Boots" to "Little Red Riding Hood"--is still fresh and bold, giving readers a world steeped not in once upon a time, but in the here and now.

Longtime favorites in this playfully subversive collection are retold for modern times and mature sensibilities. In "Jack the Giant Killer," Jack becomes a trickster who must deliver England from the hands of three ogres after a failed government inquiry. "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves" is set in contemporary London and the world of financial margins and mergers. In "The Little Mermaid," a young Canadian girl with breathtaking swimming skills is lured by the temptations of Hollywood. And Cinderella becomes a spinster and holy woman, creating a very different happily ever after. These tales expose social anxieties, political corruption, predatory economic behavior, and destructive appetites even as they express hope for a better world. A new introduction from esteemed fairy-tale scholar Maria Tatar puts the collection in context.

From stockbrokers and socialites to shopkeepers and writers, the characters in The Fairies Return face contemporary challenges while living in the magical world of fairy tales.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:10:31 -0400)

Originally issued in 1934, The Fairies Return was the first collection of modernist fairy tales ever published in England, and it marked the arrival of a satirical classic that has never been surpassed. Even today, this reimagining of fifteen timeless tales--from 'Puss in Boots' to 'Little Red Riding Hood'--is still fresh and bold.… (more)

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