Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm - Philip Pullman

If you’ve only read Grimm’s fairy tales in their simplified, sanitized versions, then you haven’t read Grimm’s fairy tales. Philip Pullman’s new translation of Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm (Viking, $27.95) includes all of my (and Pullman’s) favorite stories, including “Thousand Furs,” “Godfather Death,” and “Jorinda and Joringel,” and even some that, I must admit, I had never heard of before. The language is simple and vivid, just right for telling a fairy tale. Pullman provides an introduction, marvelous translations, and witty reflections at the end of each tale. For the folklore scholar, the book also includes the ATU (Aarne-Thompson) tale type, similar stories, and cites the source at the end. This is the perfect way to honor the 200th anniversary of the Grimms’ first fairy-tale collection.

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ISBN: 9780670024971
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Published: Viking - November 8th, 2012

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By Philip Pullman (Adapted by)
ISBN: 9780143107293
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Published: Penguin Classics - October 29th, 2013

The Annotated Brothers Grimm - Maria Tatar

By turns grotesque, historic, charming, and witty, the fairy tales collected by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm are timeless. While they exist in countless versions and adaptations, these tales are best as the brothers told them. In The Annotated Brothers Grimm: The Bicentennial Edition (W.W. Norton, $35), A.S. Byatt’s deep appreciation for the gift of these tales comes through in her introduction, and editor Maria Tatar’s analysis will expand every warm feeling or chill you experienced when first reading or listening to these stories. Filled with illustrations from various editions over the collection’s two-hundred-year history, this Bicentennial Edition is deserving of as much careful devotion as any enthralled child or still-wistful adult can muster.
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By Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm, Maria Tatar (Editor), Maria Tatar (Translated by), A. S. Byatt (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780393088861
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 15th, 2012

Mythology: The Complete Guide to Our Imagined Worlds - Christopher Dell

Floods, snakes, the afterlife, the beginning and the end of the world—these have been the stuff of myth since time immemorial. Mythology: The Complete Guide to Our Imagined Worlds (Thames and Hudson, $40), by Christopher Dell, explores the reasons for our enduring fascination with certain subjects. The book divides myths from around the world into eight broad themes, such as Gifts from the Gods, Origin Myths, and Heroes, then discusses their similarities. It includes familiar fare such as Prometheus’s theft of fire as well as more exotic tales like that of Sekhmet’s rampage in Egypt. Each theme is vividly illustrated with stunning images (420 in all) that exemplify both the myths and their persistent influence on artists. The volume concludes with family trees of the Greek and Roman pantheons, the Vikings, Celts, Japanese, Native Americans, and many other ancient peoples.