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by Roger Sale

Roger Sale invites us to discover anew some of the great works of children's literature, works that have been read and loved but seldom given the benefit of serious literary assessment. It takes a critic of special gifts―receptiveness, discrimination, clarity of perception, independence of judgment―to discuss these books as illuminatingly as Sale does.

This is not a survey but a very personal book: Sale writes about stories and books with which he feels an imaginative sympathy. As it happens, they include a great many of the classic children's texts, works as disparate as “Beauty and the Beast” and Alice, The Wind in the Willows and Babar, “The Snow Queen” and Peter Rabbit, the Jungle Book and the Oz books. He conveys a fresh sense of what is special and memorable about each of them.

While avoiding conventional literary history, he sketches the circumstances of the author's life when they provide insight into the works. Unlike Bettelheim and others, Sale is not concerned with the “uses” of children's literature. He writes for adults, with the conviction that adults can find delight in these books. Many already do, and perhaps with his stimulus, many more will.

Download Fairy Tales and After: From Snow White to E. B. White (Harvard Paperbacks) epub
ISBN: 0674291654
ISBN13: 978-0674291652
Category: Literature
Subcategory: History & Criticism
Author: Roger Sale
Language: English
Publisher: Harvard University Press; Revised ed. edition (November 15, 1979)
Pages: 286 pages
ePUB size: 1911 kb
FB2 size: 1337 kb
Rating: 4.4
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Roger Sale's "Fairy Tales and After" is an excellent and entertaining collection of critical essays which evaluate important children's literature.

The book is arranged in order from older material (oral tradition fairy tales, and then written tradition, including Perrault and Andersen), to the antique tradition of animal stories and fables; to complete novels, consisting among others the Alice books, Wind in the Willows, Rudyard Kipling, Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit books, and L. Frank Baum's Oz books.

I find Sale's reading of fairy tales particularly insightful. Sale rejects the psychological tradition advocated by such notables as child psychologist Bruno Bettelheim, and instead opts to examine the storytelling tradition that engendered these tales, the events of the tale itself, and what both teach us about the world that created these tales. The result is indeed, the best and most wonderful essay that I have ever read on oral fairy tales.

Sale continues a similar examination of the written fairy tales and the books. He always seeks to look at what makes these stories "work", and what doesn't; he always looks at what is, and does not try to force his own interpretation on "hidden" meanings. The critical evaluation is also rather opinionated, and some may not like the caustic way in which he treats some old favorites (particularly Andersen and the Alice books). I personally did not mind it, because I appreciated Sale's shrewd judgment, and mostly agreed with his evaluations.

I appreciated this collection of essays, and would greatly recommend it to anyone who loves Children's lit, particularly fairy tales.
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