The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales

The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales

Book - 2000
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"Researchers from scholars to the general public will find this reference source an excellent starting place to find definitions, summaries, authors, artists, and regional and historical overviews of fairy tales, past and present."--"Outstanding Reference Sources," American Libraries, May 2001.
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2000.
ISBN: 9780198601159
Characteristics: xxxii, 601 pages :,illustrations ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Zipes, Jack 1937-
Alternative Title: Fairy tales


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Aug 11, 2018

The second word of the subtitle to the book is important - Western - for the folk story traditions of China, India, Africa, Arabs and Persians, and all of Australia are left out. The book is more like a subject dictionary with mostly brief entries; the reader would be better served by Wikipedia for learning about Lang or Propp (scholars who did some work in folklore). The book claims to cover North America too, but Boaz's book about the stories of the Northwest Indians is not even in the bibliography. There is no index, but there are many pictures.

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