To coincide with Disney’s live-action 3D musical film BEAUTY AND THE BEST, starring Emma Watson, Penguin Classics is releasing BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: Classic Tales About Animal Brides and Grooms from Around the World by acclaimed Harvard fairytale scholar Maria Tatar. (Ok, let’s take a moment to talk about how cool that job is, a fairytale scholar? Seriously, that is time well spent!) You know we love a good fairytale around here, and we’ve given you several to consider in the past, remember this post? Go on and look, I’ll wait! Let me tell you, it pains me to give this book away, it’s lovely and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
Let’s take a moment to enjoy the Disney trailer before I get to the other good stuff! The movie is out March 17th, are you excited? I’m excited!
The lovely folks at Penguin Classics sent me a beautiful copy of Maria Tatar’s book and I’m giving it away!
Nearly every culture tells the story of Beauty and the Beast in one fashion or another. From Cupid and Psyche to India’s Snake Bride to South Africa’s “Story of Five Heads,” the partnering of beasts and beauties, of humans and animals in all their variety—cats, dogs, frogs, goats, lizards, bears, tortoises, monkeys, cranes, warthogs—has beguiled us for thousands of years, mapping the cultural contradictions that riddle every romantic relationship.
In this fascinating volume, preeminent fairy tale scholar Maria Tatar brings together tales from ancient times to the present and from a wide variety of cultures, highlighting the continuities and the range of themes in a fairy tale that has been used both to keep young women in their place and to encourage them to rebel, and that has entertained adults and children alike. With fresh commentary, she shows us what animals and monsters, both male and female, tell us about ourselves, and about the transformative power of empathy.
For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
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