From Robert Browning's "Pied Piper of Hamelin" and William Makepeace Thackeray's "Rose and the Ring" to Kenneth Grahme's "Reluctant Dragon "and J. M. Barrie's "Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, "here are seventeen classic stories and poems from the golden age of the English fairy tale. Some of them amuse, some enchant, some satirize and criticize, but each one --in the words of Laurence Houseman, author of the classic "Rocking Horse Land"--"is an expression of the joy of living."
Accompanied by the illustrations from the original editions of these works--by such celebrated Victorian artists as Dante, Gabriel Rossetti, Maxfield Parrish, and Arthur Rackham--this collection will delight readers both young and old.
Part of the Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library.
About the Author
Michael Patrick Hearn has written for the New York Times, The Nation, and many other publications. His books include From the Silver Age to Stalin: Russian Children's Book Illustration and The Porcelain Cat; he has edited The Victorian Fairy Tale Book, The Annotated Wizard of Oz, The Annotated Christmas Carol, and The Annotated Huckleberry Finn. Hearn lives in New York City.
“A superb anthology. The keynote of the collection is pure enchantment.”
—The Washington Post Book World
“The language is elegant and lush, shot through with starlight and rainbows.”
—The Philadelphia Inquirer