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Fairy Godfather

"Fairy Godfather: Straparola, Venice, and the Fairy Tale Tradition makes the case that the fairy tale, far from rising from the ground as a rural folk tradition, was invented by a city-bound sixteenth-century Italian literary hack, Zoan Francesco Straparola."—Adam Gopnik, New Yorker

Fairy Godfather
Straparola, Venice, and the Fairy Tale Tradition

Ruth B. Bottigheimer

2002 | 176 pages | Cloth $59.95
Literature / Cultural Studies
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Table of Contents

List of Figures
Chapter 1 Restoration and Rise
Chapter 2 Ragged Poverty and the Promise of Magic
Chapter 3 A Possible Biography
Chapter 4 Straparola at His Desk
Chapter 5 Straparola's Little Books and Their Lasting Legacy
Appendix: Publishing History in Italy

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