All Are Invited to a Weeklong Celebration of the Meaning and Mystery of Fairy Tales

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Just in time to give historical perspective to the December 11 release of Disney's The Princess and the Frog, Wonders and Marvels (http://wondersandmarvels.com), a "Community for Curious Minds who Love History, its Odd Stories, and Great Reads," will feature The History of the Fairy Tale week with guest blog posts, book giveaways, profiles of the earliest fairy tale writers, and much more!

Come hither into the marvelous, mysterious, complex and fascinating world of fairy tales for grown-ups at the Wonders and Marvels website all week beginning December 13. Just in time to give historical perspective to the December 11 release of Disney's The Princess and the Frog, Wonders and Marvels (http://wondersandmarvels.com), a "Community for Curious Minds who Love History, its Odd Stories, and Great Reads," will feature The History of the Fairy Tale week with guest blog posts, book giveaways, profiles of the earliest fairy tale writers, and much more!

Wonders and Marvels, edited by cultural historian Holly Tucker with contributions and assistance by scholars and interns, is a place for specialists and non-specialists to revel in curious, true, and evocative stories of the past that still speak to us about the world we live in now. Dr. Tucker is an Associate Professor at a major university who has been widely published in both the academic and popular press, including a recent article for the Wall Street Journal on the "5 Best Academic Studies of Fairy Tales." She is also author of Pregnant Fictions: Childbirth and the Fairy Tale in Early-Modern France, a ground breaking book that explores the role of pregnancy and sex in the earliest fairy tales. "Fairy tales weren't initially written for children. The earliest tales are full of sex, desire, and violence. Hardly the stuff of sweet dreams," she says.

Among the guest posts from university professors and specialists of the fairy tale will be "5 Fairy Tales about Fairy Tales," "5 of the Best Tales You've Never Read," and "5 Reasons Why I Would Not Read -These- Fairy Tales to My Child." Brooklyn artist Kris Waldherr will post about "Fairy Tale Art."

All week long, readers will be eligible to win copies of fairy tale collections such as The Complete Tales of Charles Perrault (Oxford University Press.) Those who wrote the earliest fairy tales were many times as colorful as their tales. Readers will be treated to profiles of such fairy tale authors as Giovanni Francesco Straparola, Giambattista Basile, Madame d'Aulnoy, Charles Perrault, and Madame de Beaumont, author of "Beauty and the Beast."

For more on Wonders and Marvels and Fairy Tale week, visit http://wondersandmarvels.com.

Graphic: The Frog Prince art @Kris Waldherr 2001. All rights reserved.

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