"Can itself evoke the sense of startled wonder that these tales first gave us" (Laurel Graeber New York Times
"She is a terrific writer and an original scholar. This is a landmark book" (Victoria Glendinning Daily Telegraph
"Just like the tale-tellers she celebrates...she's a weaver of enchantments, each sentence is like a silken knot charming you further into her web of meanings" (Michelle Roberts Independent on Sunday
"Consistently enlightening...this is a brilliant work: wise, witty and as magisterially omniscient as any Sibylline oracle" (Nicholas Tucker New Statesman and Society
"Open the book at almost any page and you will find something to fascinate you" (Noel Malcolm Guardian
Academically rigorous and thoroughly enjoyable, Marina Warner's study is the definitive work on the social relevance of the fairy tale.
From the Back Cover
Entrancing, multi-layered and as wittily subversive as fairy tales themselves, this beautifully illustrated work explores and illuminates the unfolding history of the famous tales, the contexts in which they flourished, and the tellers themselves - from ancient sibyls and old crones to Angela Carter and Disney.
About the Author
Marina Warner spent her early years in Cairo, and was educated at a convent in Berkshire, and then in Brussels and London, before studying modern languages at Oxford. She is an internationally acclaimed cultural historian, critic, novelist and short story writer. From her early books on the Virgin Mary and Joan of Arc, to her bestselling studies of fairy tales and folk stories, From the Beast to the Blonde, No Go the Bogeyman
and Stranger Magic
, her work has explored different figures in myth and fairy tale and the art and literature they have inspired. She lectures widely in Europe, the United States and the Middle East, and is currently Professor in the Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies, University of Essex. She was appointed CBE in 2008.