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Once Upon a Time


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Prologue 1: The Worlds of Faery: Far Away and Down Below 2: With a Stroke of Her Wand: Magic and Metamorphosis 3: Voices on the Page: Tales, Tellers, and Translators 4: Potato Soup: True Stories/Real Life 5: Childish Things: Pictures and Conversations 6: On the Couch: House Training the Id 7: In the Dock: Don't Bet on the Prince 8: Double Vision: The Dream of Reason 9: On Stage and Screen: States of Illusion Epilogue Index

About the Author

Marina Warner's award-winning studies of mythology and fairy tales include Alone of All Her Sex: The Myth and the Cult of the Virgin Mary (1976; re-issued 2013), Stranger Magic: Charmed States & the Arabian Nights (2012), From the Beast to the Blonde - on Fairy Tales and their Tellers (1994), Monuments & Maidens: The Allegory of the Female Form (1985), and No Go the Bogeyman: Scaring, Lulling and Making Mock (1998). Her Clarendon Lectures Fantastic Metamorphoses; Other Worlds were published in 2001. In 2015 she was awarded the Holberg Prize, and in 2013 she was awarded a Sheykh Zayed Prize and the Truman Capote Award. She was awarded a CBE for services to Literature in 2008. She is a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, an Honorary Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the British Academy.


`Once Upon a Time is a perfect 'short history of the fairy tale.' The writing is pungent, the authority unassailable, the pace quick . . . Warner, in short, knows fairy tales better than Mother Goose herself.' Michael Dirda, Washington Post `the book is an enchanted material object, and reading a journey toward knowledge and wisdom.' Gramayre `thoroughly enjoyable and scholarly account' Times Literary Supplement `elegantly concise' Literary Review `...this is a book to treasure. It really is the perfect introduction to the subject.' Desperate Reader, Hayley Anderton `wide ranging and handsomely produced' Rowan Williams, New Statesman `wise, witty, elegant, little book' Amanda Craig, Mslexia `This is a book to treasure.' Helen Parry, Shiny New Books `Marina Warner's newest book is as pocket-sized and potent as one might expect a short history of fairy tales to be...she manages to be astute without being intrusive...there is sharpness too.' Shahidha Bari, Times Higher Education `Warner is always intelligent, writes with great elegance and bubbles over with new ideas and impressions. Many will enjoy her style, wide range of literary reference and infectious enthusiasm.' Irish Times `Marina Warner's new book distills her work on the literary, cultural, psychological and social influence of fairy tales, old and new, into an elegant little volume. From fantasy to feminism - it is all here.' Wall Street Journal `For such a small book it carries a heavy load, but Ms Warner's insights are both surprising and rewarding.' The Economist `An expert and intruiging guide to the roots and triffid-like growth of a significant genre' The Tablet `a spellbinding cultural tour de force' The Lady `Marina Warner is our doyenne of fairy stories ... her scholarly knowledge is not just worn lightly but presented with a flourish' Amanda Craig, Observer `her light touch effortlessly imparts knowledge in your mind. A beautifully produced book, this will be a joy to anyone who loves stories.' Patrick Neale, The Bookseller

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