The Victorian Fairy Tale Book

The Victorian Fairy Tale BookI had been curious to reading fairy tales other than the usual Grimms and Andersen, and being interested in anything 19th century Victorian, this book was exactly what I was looking for I enjoyed some tales than others, and liked reading stories for children written by authors I was used to writting for adults. I love Fairy Tales and this collection does not disappoint Filled with engaging tales that will delight those who enjoy the genre. From Robert Browning S Pied Piper Of Hamelin And William Makepeace Thackeray S Rose And The Ring To Kenneth Grahame S Reluctant Dragon And J M Barrie S Peter Pan In Kensington Gardens, Here Are Seventeen Classic Stories And Poems From The Golden Age Of The English Fairy Tale Some Of Them Amuse, Some Enchant, Some Satirize And Criticize, But Each One In The Words Of Laurence Houseman, Author Of The Classic Rocking Horse Land Is An Expression Of The Joy Of Living Accompanied By The Illustrations From The Original Editions Of These Works By Such Celebrated Victorian Artists As Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Maxfield Parrish, And Arthur Rackham This Collection Will Delight Readers Both Young And Old Seventeen stories and poems written by some of the most famous authors of the Victorian era My favorite were Melilot by Henry Morley, The Little Lame Prince and his Travelling Cloak by Dina Marie Mulock Craik, The Neckace of Princess Fiormonde by Mary De Morgan, The Stolen Child by William Butler Yeats, Rocking Horse Land by Laurence Housman.An excellent collection with an informative and interesting introduction. I ve been interested in folk tales and fairy tales for a while This book was a bit of an intellectual exercise I think I may have read one of the poems in it before for school I m not familiar with some of the authors, aside from not knowing that Charles Dickens ever wrote a fairy tale It has a couple of stories that everyone has heard of but maybe never read, such as a poem of the Pied Piper, and J M Barrie s Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens like a prequel to the Peter Pan stories.I haven t read through them all It s not my favorite book ever, some of the tales are only so so But there are others I found myself eager to read through So it s a bit of a hit and miss.I did enjoy Ford Madox Ford s The Brown Owl. Ended on an amazingly depressing note. This was an interesting collection, featuring several stories I had never previously encountered I found The Brown Owl to be of particular interest It featured a complex, empowered heroine and surprising diversity, both of which I was pleased to see in a Victorian text Altogether, an interesting read I certainly want to continue with the Pantheon Fairy Tale Folklore Library collection. A thoughtful collection of poems and tales that really embody the magic and morals that became the signature of fairy tales of the period Who knew so many of the era s most respected writers of classic literature also wrote for children This collection would be a wonderful addition to the personal library of anyone who loves fairy tales or loves the literature of the Victorian era. This book contains the stories listed below I skipped the ones marked with , because I had read them before The ones marked with a , I really liked, and the ones marked with a , I couldn t finish, or it didn t really interest me All in all this is a nice collection It includes some reasonably well known pieces as well as some obscure ones It was interesting to finally read Goblin Market and see its influence on Lud in the Mist The King of the Golden River by John RuskinThe Pied Piper of Hamelin by Robert Browning The Rose and the Ring by William Makepeace ThackerayThe Magic Fishbone by Charles Dickens Melilot by Henry Morley The Fairies A Poem by William Allingham The Little Lame Prince by Dinah Maria Mulock CraikGoblin Market by Christina Rossetti The Necklace of Princess Fiorimonde by Mary De Morgan The Golden Key by George MacDonald Stolen Child by W.B YeatsThe Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde The Brown Owl A Fairy Tale by Ford Madox Ford Rocking Horse Land by Laurence Housman The Reluctant Dragon by Kenneth Grahame Deliverers of Their Country by E NesbitPeter Pan in Kensington Gardens by J.M Barrie Beautiful collection of fairy tales I love fairy tales and hadn t read any of these other than The Selfish Giant Wilde and The Deliverers of Their Country Nesbitt before So fun reading such varied stories using the beloved fairy tale tropes It also includes fairy ish poems such as Christina Rossetti s Goblin Market beautiful While most were just very charming and droll, it ends with a sad Peter Pan tale that makes you think on the loss of innocent childhood and the security of having a loving mother A sad return from fancy to reality Great read

Michael Patrick Hearn s books include The Annotated Wizard of Oz, The Annotated Huckleberry Finn, The Annotated Christmas Carol, and The Andrew Lang Fairy Tale Book He lives in New York City.

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  • Paperback
  • 416 pages
  • The Victorian Fairy Tale Book
  • Michael Patrick Hearn
  • English
  • 04 February 2019

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