Monday, 6 March 2017

Giveaway: Beauty & the Beast: Classic Tales About Animal Brides and Grooms from Around the World edited by Maria Tatar

 I love the story of Beauty and the Beast, so I'm thrilled to be able to feature Penguin's new release:

Published to coincide with Disney’s live-action 3D musical film
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, starring Emma Watson

Classic Tales About Animal Brides and Grooms from Around the World
Edited by MARIA TATAR 

Classic Tales About Animal Brides and Grooms from Around the World
Maria Tatar ▪ Penguin Classics ▪ $16.00
On sale March 7, 2017 ▪ ISBN: 9780143111696

Fairy tales and folklore are a deep well from which both literary and popular culture continually draw; we look to these stories for entertainment and guidance from the first years of childhood through the last years of old age. Penguin Classics has teamed up again with the acclaimed Harvard fairytale scholar Maria Tatar to present the remarkable collection BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: Classic Tales About Animal Brides and Grooms from Around the World (Penguin Classics; On sale March 7, 2017; $16.00; ISBN: 9780143111696), which features one of our most beloved and elemental fairy tales in versions from across the centuries and around the world.

Perhaps no fairy tale is as widely known as BEAUTY AND THE BEAST—and perhaps no fairy tale exists in as many variations. To some, it is a love story, demonstrating the transformative power of compassion; to others, it is a cautionary tale, helping sort out sexual politics, marital roles, and feelings of ostracism. Nearly every culture tells the story in one fashion or another. From Cupid and Psyche to India’s Snake Bride to South Africa’s “Story of Five Heads,” the partnering of beasts and beauties, of humans and animals in all their variety—cats, dogs, frogs, goats, lizards, bears, tortoises, monkeys, cranes, warthogs—has beguiled us for thousands of years, mapping the cultural contradictions that riddle every romantic relationship.

In this fascinating volume, preeminent fairy tale scholar Maria Tatar brings together tales from ancient times to the present and from a wide variety of cultures, highlighting the continuities and the range of themes in a fairy tale that has been used both to keep young women in their place and to encourage them to rebel, and that has entertained adults and children alike. With fresh commentary, she shows us what animals and monsters, both male and female, tell us about ourselves, and about the transformative power of empathy.

Prefacing each story with an introduction that establishes its place within culture and within the anthology, Tatar provides not only an entertaining collection but also a way to appreciate how cultures around the world have used animals in storytelling to understand those who are different or foreign or otherwise outside of their communities.

About the Editor
Maria Tatar is the John L. Loeb Professor of Folklore and Mythology and Germanic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University. She is the author of many acclaimed books, as well as the editor and translator of The Annotated Hans Christian AndersenThe Annotated Brothers GrimmThe Classic Fairy Tales: A Norton Critical EditionThe Grimm Reader, and The Turnip Princess and Other Newly Discovered Fairy Tales. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The lovely people of Penguin Books have graciously offered to give away a copy of Beauty & the Beast: Classic Tales About Animal Brides and Grooms from Around the World to one Readers Den follower.  Simple fill in the rafflecopter below for a chance to win.

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  1. My favorite fairy tale is Sleeping Beauty.

  2. I have never read the original story

  3. My favorite was Sleeping Beauty. I remember when my mom took me to the movie. It was so special to me. My Risa wants to go see the new movie, and I can't wait to take her.

  4. Thanks for sharing! I haven't read the original story but I am curious about the original takes on fairy tales in general.

  5. Gorgeous! Love the black penguin edition, too!

  6. I was a big fan of Beauty and the Beast but also loved The Little Mermaid. I've never read the original fairy tales and really should one of these days. :)

  7. Lovely promo post Rachel :D Thank you for sharing about this one. <3 I have never read this story, but love the Disney movie. Cannot wait for the new one :D And ohh, gorgeous cover. <3 Love it.

  8. My favorite disney fairy tale is Pocahontas!
    Samantha D


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