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When Dreams Came True

Classical Fairy Tales and Their Tradition, 1st Edition

By Jack Zipes


240 pages

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First Published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.


"An enticing reexamination of cherished texts." -- Kirkus Reviews

"…Zipes writes with a keen sense of balance between the discourse of the academy and the passion of the reader, between the authority and the fan, and he sends us back to material we thought was familiar, and makes us see it differently." -- Locus

"Jack Zipes…uncovers provocative new layers of meaning by viewing the collection and creation of now classic tales by the Brothers Grimm. Hans Christian Andersen and others through the lens of history." -- The New York Times

"…a fascinating social history of the uses and abuses to which fairy tales have been put in the course of their transformation from tales told orally by adults to adults into written (and frequently homogenized) bedtime stories parents read to the children. Zipes persuasively argues that fairy tales keep alive our 'longing for a better world that can be created out of our dreams and actions'." -- New York Times Book Review

"Zipes has forged a career out of brilliant and subversive analyses of fairy tales…Intelligent and thoughtful fun, without deconstructing the land of Faerie into dust and ashes." -- Booklist

About the Author

Jack Zipes is Professor of German at the University of Minnesota and one of the leading folklorists and critics of children's literature in the U.S. He is the author of many books, including Fairy Tales and the Art of Subversion, The Trials and Tribulations of Little Red Riding Hood, Don't Bet on the Prince, Breaking the Magic Spell, Creative Storytelling, and Happily Ever After, all published by Routledge.

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SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies