1st Edition

Red Magic The World’s Best Fairy Tales Collected and Arranged by Romer Wilson

Edited By Jack Zipes Copyright 2023
    254 Pages 8 Color & 49 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    254 Pages 8 Color & 49 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    With a Preface and biographies from Jack Zipes, as well as the original illustrations by Kay Nielsen, this collection of fairy tales originally published by the award-winning Romer Wilson – Green Magic (1928), Silver Magic (1929), and Red Magic (1930) – offers a combination of classic fairy tales, alongside lesser known, global and diverse tales.

    Red Magic contains such classics as “Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp” from the Arabian Nights, “A Child’s Dream on a Star” by Dickens, and “The Chimera” by Hawthorne. It also contains previously unpublished tales such as “Princess Silver Silk” and “The Enchanted Deer.” It was Romer Wilson’s intention to combine the familiar with the unknown, and to introduce authors and cultures from a variety of countries. As a researcher, Wilson uncovered a remarkable amount of stories from other countries that remain unknown today. This collection gives voice to unique and intriguing tales that inspire children to have a better understanding of how people and their stories are alike despite major differences.

    Through his Preface and commentary, Jack Zipes shows how all three books are a means to bring people together in the name of peace and justice. These books will, therefore, be of interest to anyone researching or studying fairy tales, folklore and children’s literature, as well as global or comparative literature and social justice.


    Preface - Jack Zipes

    The Dangers of Dragons - Romer Wilson

    The Reward of Virtue - Taddeo Ricciardi

    The Story of the Three Bears - Robert Southey

    Bluebeard - Charles Perrault

    Rich Peter the Peddler - Sir George Dasent

    Hawk and Mole - Edward L. Handy

    A Child’s Dream of a Star - Charles Dickens

    Bean Flower and Pea Blossom - Charles Nodier

    The Country Mouse and the Town Mouse - Aesop

    King Uggermugger, or the Princess Silver-Silk - Cholmondeley Pennell

    The Bear and the Hunter’s Stepson - Charles Marius Barbeau

    At the Door - Puss Brambula Compton

    The Six Swans - Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm

    The Enchanted Deer - Mme Catherine d’Aulnoy

    Mrs. Tabitha Tortoiseshell - Puss Brambula Compton

    St. George and the Dragon - Percy’s Reliques

    The Dragon of Watley - Percy’s Reliques

    The Chimaera - Nathaniel Hawthorne

    Bash-Chalek, or True Steel - Elodie L. Mijatovich

    Aladdin and the Magic Lamp - Antoine Galland


    Jack Zipes is Professor Emeritus of German and comparative literature at the University of Minnesota. In addition to his scholarly work, he is an active storyteller in public schools and has written and translated fairy tales for children and adults. Some of his recent publications include Grimm Legacies: The Magic Power of Fairy Tales (2014) and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice: An Anthology of Magical Tales (2017). In 2019, he founded his own press called Little Mole and Honey Bear and has published The Giant Ohl and Tiny Tim (2019), Johnny Breadless (2020), Yussuf the Ostrich (2020), Keedle the Great and All You Want to Know about Fascism (2020) and Tistou, The Boy with the Green Thumbs of Peace (2021).