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Fairy Tales and Fables from Weimar Days
Edited and Translated by Jack Zipes

"[Zipes does] what Walter Benjamin urges historians to do: he writes the history of those who were defeated and subsequently forgotten."—Anne Leblans, Journal of American Folklore

Political "fairy tales" by progressive Weimar activists

Deliberately transforming traditional German fairy tales and fables into utopian narratives and social commentary, political activists wrote the stories in this collection for progressive youth groups during the years of the German Weimar Republic, 1919 to 1933. Noted folklore scholar Jack Zipes has edited and translated these thirty-two tales by sixteen Weimar authors, who include such notable writers as Kurt Schwitters, Oskar Maria Graf, and Hermynia Zur Mühlen. Zipes has also provided an introduction, notes and bibliography, period illustrations, and concise biographies of the authors, many of whom were later killed, persecuted, or forced into exile by the Nazis.

"A true masterpiece in the field of fairy tale anthologies.— [These tales] are invaluable literary, cultural, historical, and folkloristic expressions of Germany's attempt to move towards a democratic society.…Superb."
—Wolfgang Mieder, author of The Politics of Proverbs

Jack Zipes is professor of German at the University of Minnesota and the author or editor of some thirty books, including The Brothers Grimm: From Enchanted Forests to the Modern World; Fairy Tales and the Art of Subversion; Don't Bet on the Prince; and The Fairy Tales of Herman Hesse.


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cover of Zipes's book features an illustration of a man from Weimar times

September 1997
224 pp.      16 illus.     5 x 8 1/2
ISBN 0-299-15744-X  Paper $14.95 t

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