A lavishly entertaining collection of French fairy tales, dating from the 17th century and including both racy revisions of...

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WONDER TALES: Six French Stories of Enchantment

A lavishly entertaining collection of French fairy tales, dating from the 17th century and including both racy revisions of traditional folk materials and excerpts from long-forgotten romans and romances. British editor and writer Warner (From the Beast to the Blonde, 1995, etc.), whose credentials as a scholar in this field are unimpeachable, offers an amusing and instructive Introduction that's as much fun as the volume's choicer inclusions: ""The Great Green Worm,"" a raffish tale of metamorphosis by Marie-Catherine D'Aulnoy, and ""Starlight"" and ""Bearskin,"" two lithe and witty fictions ""attributed to"" the once-notorious demimondaine Henriette-Julie de Murat (whose biography one hopes Warner is already at work on).

Pub Date: Oct. 1, 1996

ISBN: 0195178211

Page Count: 256

Publisher: "Farrar, Straus & Giroux"

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 1996