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In1697, Charles Perrault published his famous collection of tales entitled Histoires ou Contes du temps passe, which consisted of new versions of “sleeping Beauty,” “Little Red Ridin Hood,” “Cinderella,” “TomThumb,” “Riquet with the Tuft,” “Puss in Boots,” and “The Fairies.”

By 1696, Perrault had embarked on a more ambitious projrct of transformeing several popular folk tales with alldemonstrate a modern approach to literature. their superstitious beliefs and magic into moralistic tales with an ironic rational style that would appeal to children and adults and

Along with the tales collected by the Brothers Grimm, Perrault’s narratives have become the incarnation of canonical literature. That is, they are regarded as the definitive classical fairy tales for children and adults. 32 more words

In recent times, Perrault’s tales have been exhaustively examined from different critical perspectives―philological, psychological, feminist, Marxist, historical, anthropological, and so on. Although they have often been “reduced” to children’s tales, the scholarly interpretations reveal just how subtle and complex they are and how much they still resonate in “adult” minds.

Review: The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim

Title: The Enchanted April

Author: Elizabeth von Arnim

Pages: 222

Genre: Fiction/Classics

ISBN: 9780143107736

Publisher: Penguin Classics

Rating: 4-Stars

Read: May, 2015

Four very different women take up an offer advertised in the Times for a “small medieval Italian Castle on the shores of the Mediterranean to be let furnished for the month of April.” As each blossoms in the warmth of the Italian spring, quite unexpected changes occur. 155 more words

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The Backlist: Olalla by Robert Louis Stevenson

4 out of 5 stars     ★★★★☆

Stevenson’s chilling Victorian gothic novella about decaying aristocracy, vampirism and tormented love. Set in the remote mountains of Spain.

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