Books by Maria Tatar

THE ANNOTATED AFRICAN AMERICAN FOLKTALES  by Henry Louis Gates Jr.
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"An exhaustive, informative, and entertaining survey of African-American folklore, its centrality to American culture, and the universality of myth."
This anthology of African-American folk tales, edited by Harvard professors Gates (In Search of our Roots: How 19 Extraordinary African Americans Reclaimed Their Pasts, 2017, etc.) and Tatar (Beauty and the Beast: Classic Tales About Animal Brides and Grooms from Around the World, 2017, etc.), gathers more than 100 folk tales from the African diaspora into an exhaustive collection for both academic and casual audiences. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2009

"Despite the jargon and occasional stuffiness, a cheering paean to children and reading."
An academic-popular hybrid seeks to redeem children passionate about reading from the derogative label of bookworm. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1992

"The dreary monograph form of much of the book never quite gels, unfortunately, with Tatar's practical, if undeveloped, popular exhortations. (Thirty illustrations—some seen.)"
Provocative observations on the uses (and misuses) of ``classic'' fairy tales are overwhelmed by academic jargon in this oddly disjointed and disappointing study from Tatar (German Literature/Harvard). Read full book review >