Victorian Fairy Tales Edited by Michael Newton is a new book published by Oxford World's Classics, Oxford University Press.
In this stunning book for you or for your children there is a very good selection of fairy-tales from the most beloved english and Irish authors with wonderful illustration.
The predominant importance of fairy-tales thanks to the Brothers Grimm moved also British and Irish writers to search for fairy-tales.
So, if in Ireland Lady Gregory helped by Yeats collected the fantastic and imaginary fairy-tales told by peasants during their long winter-evenings, British authors re-adapted old fairy-tales arrived directly from Italy centuries before and passed in other territories, re-reading that stories with different eyes and for a different audience.
A fairy-tale is for everyone, not just children. Children will read in it a behavior to maintain, a moment of escapism, a dream becoming true, for adults it is a moral message.
Fairy-tales were for a niche of people during Victorian Times interested at the genre and writers writing fairy-tales couldn't expect a great audience, although thanks to the Brothers Grimm and a new model, more modern, more direct message and their adaptations for children, the genre became famous.
Some authors included in this book: E. Nesbit, Oscar Wilde, Andrew Lang, Brothers Grimm, Andersen, Ruskin, William Makepeace Thackeray.
I thank Oxford Press for the physical copy of the book.
Anna Maria Polidori