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Victorian Fairy Tales

Edited by Michael Newton

26 May 2016

ISBN: 9780198737599

496 pages
Paperback
196x129mm

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Oxford World's Classics

Price: £8.99

This anthology brings together 14 of the best Victorian fairy tales, by major period writers as well as specialists in the genre, to show the vibrancy of the form and its ability to reflect our deepest concerns. From whimsy to satire, the stories reveal the preoccupations of the age and celebrate the value of the imagination.

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This anthology brings together 14 of the best Victorian fairy tales, by major period writers as well as specialists in the genre, to show the vibrancy of the form and its ability to reflect our deepest concerns. From whimsy to satire, the stories reveal the preoccupations of the age and celebrate the value of the imagination.

  • A delightful anthology of fairy tales from the close of the Romantic period to the early twentieth century, showing the extraordinary imaginative diversity of the genre and the Victorian fascination with fairyland.
  • Authors range from those best-known for their work as writers of fairy tales, and others central to the nineteenth-century literary canon such as Thackeray and Ford Madox Ford.
  • Includes a selection of original illustrations by some of the greatest figures of Victorian art such as Richard Doyle, Arthur Hughes, and Walter Crane.
  • The Introduction explores the impulses behind the stories and their connection to national identity and debates over scepticism and belief, their centrality to the literary output of the period and interest in the irrational and dreaming mind.
  • Includes historically informed notes and biographies of the authors, a chronology of Victorian fairy tales, and an appendix in which some of the included authors discuss the nature of fairy tale and its importance.

About the Author(s)

Edited by Michael Newton, Senior Lecturer, Department of English, University of Leiden

Michael Newton has taught at University College London, Princeton University, and Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design, and now works at Leiden University. He is the author of Savage Girls and Wild Boys: A History of Feral Children (Faber, 20002), Age of Assassins: A History of Conspiracy and Poltical Violence, 1865-1981 (Faber, 2012) and a book on Kind Hearts and Coronets for the BFI Film Classics series. He has edited Edmund Gosse's Father and Son for Oxford World's Classics, and The Penguin Book of Ghost Stories and Conrad's The Secret Agent for Penguin. He has written and reviewed for the Times Literary Supplement, London Review of Books, the New Statesman, and The Guardian.

Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Note on the Texts
    Select Bibliography
    A Chronology of the Victorian Fairy Tale
    PROLOGUE: Grimm, 'Rumpel-Stilts-Kin' and Hans Christian Andersen, 'The Princess and the Peas'
    ROBERT SOUTHEY, 'The Story of the Three Bears'
    JOHN RUSKIN, 'The King of the Golden River'
    WILLIAM MAKEPEACE THACKERAY, 'The Rose and the Ring'
    GEORGE MACDONALD, 'The Golden Key'
    DINAH MULOCK CRAIK, 'The Little Lame Prince and His Travelling Cloak'
    MARY DE MORGAN, 'The Wanderings of Arasmon'
    JULIANA HORATIA EWING, 'The First Wife's Wedding Ring'
    OSCAR WILDE, 'The Selfish Giant'
    ANDREW LANG, 'Prince Prigio'
    FORD MADOX FORD, 'The Queen Who Flew'
    LAURENCE HOUSMAN, 'The Story of the Herons'
    KENNETH GRAHAME, 'The Reluctant Dragon'
    E. NESBIT, 'Melisande'
    RUDYARD KIPLING, 'Dymchurch Flit'
    APPENDIX: What is a Fairy Tale?'
    John Ruskin, 'Introduction' to German Popular Tales
    Juliana Horatia Ewing, 'Preface' to Old-Fashioned Fairy Tales
    George MacDonald, 'The Fantastic Imagination'
    Laurence Housman, 'Introduction' to Gammer Grethel's Fairy Tales
    Explanatory Notes

Reviews

"Whimsical or romantic, sharply satirical or fogged with mystery, these powerful tales by the likes of Thackeray, Wilde and doyenne of the genre Mary De Morgan probe the deepest human concerns, while reflecting the more of the period." - JC, The Lady

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