By Angela Carter

ISBN-10: 0141195886

ISBN-13: 9780141195889

'Curiosity is the main fleeting of pleasures; the instant is happy, it ceases to exist and it usually proves very, very expensive.'

Angela Carter's playful and subversive retellings of Charles Perrault's vintage fairy stories conjure up an international of imaginitive ladies, black-hearted villains, wily animals and excellent differences. In those seven tales, bristling with frank, earthy humour and gothic mind's eye, not anything is because it seems.

This ebook contains Bluebeard, Little crimson using Hood, Puss in Boots, The drowsing fantastic thing about the wooden, Cinderella: or, The Glass Slipper, Ricky with the Tuft and The silly needs.

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Denmark goes to war with Germany and Prussia over control of the region Schleswig-Holstein. German political theorist and revolutionary Karl Marx produces his Communist Manifesto. 1851 In Sweden, a travel narrative of Andersen舗s visit to that country, is published. German-French poet Heinrich Heine publishes Romanzero. American writer Herman Melville publishes Moby-Dick. 舡 Dickens begins monthly serialization of Bleak House. German playwright Christian Friedrich Hebbel舗s Agnes Bernauer debuts. 舡 1855 The Fairy Tale of My Life, Andersen舗s third and final autobiography , is published.

Andersen combines pagan and Christian motifs to illustrate the rise of a poor, naive man whose goodness enables him to marry a princess. Andersen colored his tales based on folklore with his personal experience while using the folk perspective to expose the contradictions of the aristocratic class. 舡 In Andersen舗s early adaptations of folklore we see him in an 舠apprentice舡 phase as a writer of short prose. Taking the structure and contents of these tales as a basis, he developed his own style and tone, which was characterized by the simple folk mode of storytelling.

Andersen舗s style overall is really not so much 舠childlike舡 as it is 舠folksy,舡 and it was this blend of intimate, down-to-earth storytelling with folk motifs and literary themes that gave rise to some of his most significant fairy tales. ORIGINAL FAIRY TALES It is perhaps an exaggeration to assert that Andersen舗s fairy tales are 舠original舡 because all his narratives reveal how much he borrowed from literature and from the folklore tradition. Nevertheless, he endowed them with his own original touch and personal experiences, and that makes them somewhat unique narratives.

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