The Golden Age of Folk and Fairy Tales: From the Brothers Grimm to Andrew Lang

November 1, 2020
The Golden Age of Folk and Fairy Tales: From the Brothers Grimm to Andrew Lang

In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, attitudes towardhistory and national identity fostered a romantic rediscovery offolk and fairy tales. This is the period of the Golden Age of folkand fairy tales, when European folklorists sought to understand andredefine the present through the common tales of the past, and longneglected stories became recognized as cultural treasures.In this rich collection, distinguished expert of fairy talesJack Zipes continues his lifelong exploration of the story-tellingtradition with a focus on the Golden Age. Included are one hundredeighty-two tales—many available in English for the firsttime—grouped into eighteen tale types. Zipes provides an engaginggeneral Introduction that discusses the folk and fairy taletradition, the impact of the Brothers Grimm, and the significanceof categorizing tales into various types.Short introductions to each tale type that discuss its history,characteristics, and variants provide readers with importantbackground information.Also included are annotations, short biographies of folkloristsof the period, and a substantial bibliography.Eighteen original art works by students of the art department ofAnglia Ruskin University not only illustrate the eighteen taletypes, but also provide delightful—and sometimesastonishing—21st-century artistic interpretations of them.