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  • Paperback: 848 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Australia; Reprint edition (10 Dec. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140127836
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140127836
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 4 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 975,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

The Marvel and Other Short Stories is a collected anthology of six short stories written by the winners of the Austin Macauley World Book Day short story competition.

Jack Zipes is professor emeritus of German and comparative literature at the University of Minnesota and the author, translator, and editor of dozens of studies and collections of folk and fairy tales. His recent books include "Why Fairy Tales Stick: The Evolution and Relevance of a Genre", "Relentless Progress: The Reconfiguration of Children s Literature, Fairy Tales, and Storytelling", and "The Enchanted Screen: The Unknown History of Fairy-Tale Films".

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This is a great collection, from ancient Greek right through to modern. Timeless tales, well written. Although I got the paperback it is very heavy so not one to put in your bag to read while commuting! This is a book to keep and treasure.
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Although there could be a vigorous debate on the selection of the tales - Jack Zipes tries hard to include a representative sample of fairy tales - many of which he has translated himself. The introduction is excellent, though I would have liked to see some mention of Andrew Lang. A good introduction to this genre.
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This book is has stories for any taste. It has almost nonsensical stories to tales that make you weep with joy. Some of these stories are especially good read aloud. If you like fantasy, you will probably discover a new favorite author.
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HASH(0x968f9f18) out of 5 stars great bedtime read 8 Dec. 2000
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i love fairy tale compliations because they are great to set your mind at ease after a long day. this one is particularly good. the stories are from authors such as Jean-Jacque Rosseau, Oscar Wilde, Mark Twain, William Hawthorne, and so on. It's a who's who from classical to comtemporary authors, political figures, and philosophers. Because of the variety of contributors, each story is very different, smart and compelling in it's own right. the stories range from about 5 pages to over 30. it is definately not a children's fairy book, but can awaken and inspire the child in all of us. because it includes about 60 different tales, it can be reread time and time again. just a great book to have around.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e058be8) out of 5 stars A wealth of treasures 17 Feb. 2002
By Kelly (Fantasy Literature) - Published on
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From Apuleius to Tanith Lee, _Spells of Enchantment_ is filled with fairy tales written through the ages. If you like adult fairy tales, don't hesitate for another moment. There is something in here for every taste, and Zipes is picky enough about quality that every story is well-written even if it's not in your favorite style. My only gripe is that it ends on a down note, with a depressing story by de Larrabeiti. I liked the story, but I wanted a happy tale at the close of the book. But that's just a quirk of mine. Highly recommended.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e1c336c) out of 5 stars Wonderful anthology 8 July 2008
By J'aime - Published on
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Jack Zipes has edited many excellent "fantasy" anthologies. This one takes a slightly different tact than most, pulling from a variety of cultures over a long history. You won't find many modern fantasy authors within. Only Jane Yolen, Tanith Lee and Robin McKinley stand out as outstanding recent authors. Zipes reaches all the way back to the Second Century for the first tale, "Cupid and Psyche" by Apuleius, and continues on with well known classic authors like Goethe, Hawthorne, Hans Christian Anderson, Oscar Wilde, Yeates and even Mark Twain. There are 67 tales included spanning the Second Century to the 1980's. Great authors from nearly every literary movement appear and give the reader a tour of the genre.

Readers will find well known tales like "Sleeping Beauty" and "Rumpelstiltskin," but also some lesser known gems like "The Seven Wives of Bluebeard" and "Spiegel the Cat." This collection is a great way to get a young fantasy fan to enjoy the work of classical authors that may have a stigma attached to them (I have to read that for school!) Readers should note that the language of the tales has been altered to the vernacular. So, Cupid and Psyche is told in a straightforward manner without the archaic structures used by the original author. Purists may gasp at the audacity, but new readers will be grateful for the translation! The tone and heart of the stories remain intact. This is a huge work with something nearly everyone can enjoy. Overall, a very well done anthology that is more than worth the price of admission.
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HASH(0x8dd0e78c) out of 5 stars Hyacinth, Roseblossom and Friends 6 Dec. 2008
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Few things in life delight me more than collections of strange and wondrous stories. I have acquired a number over the years, but this one beats them all. The editor is known as an authority on the subject: it's easy to imagine a different anthology, but very difficult to imagine a better one.

Jack Zipes is a Professor of German and it's the German Romantic tales here that please me the most: Novalis' "Hyacinth and Roseblossom", the epitome of Romantic swooning, E.T.A. Hoffmann's haunting "Mines of Falun", and Theodor Storm's extraordinary parable "Hinzelmeier", which I had never read or heard of until I found it here.

As we get into the 20th century the conventions remain but the tone changes. Satire, irony, existential questioning and altered angles of vision replace old-fashioned magic. But every story here is well worth reading and many would be next to impossible to find elsewhere. A few old favourites are included, and some of these stories could be read to children, but on the whole the book is aimed at adults who have kept an appetite for wonder.

I completely, utterly and diametrically disagree with the view of the Wonder-Tale that Zipes expresses in his Introduction, but that scarcely matters. (If it starts to aggravate me seriously I can always cut it out with a stationery-knife and a ruler.) This book is a classic, in a class of its own, and you should buy it if you have the slightest weakness for such stories. Still better, buy it for any wonder-tale enthusiast you may know: it can't fail to please.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x968fa3f0) out of 5 stars A Spectacular Collection 15 Feb. 2013
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From Cupid and Psyche to tales from the 1980's, this book has it all! A very witty and entertaining collection, and well put together. In chronological order, too!
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