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By Heidi Anne Heiner

the story of Bluebeard with its many editions has a wealthy folkloric and literary historical past. It has usually been retold and reinterpreted nowa days in novels, poetry, performs, video clips and extra. as soon as upon a time the nature used to be higher recognized and provided a bigger cultural touchstone for the final inhabitants. this present day he's most sensible identified in basic terms in literary circles. as a result, the heritage of the story as obvious via its stories and different interpretations is interesting. supplying over 90 stories and ballads, this assortment compiles a number of editions of Bluebeard stories from worldwide. some of the stories are new translations, a few showing for the 1st time in English. frequently the tales are patently regarding one another and at different instances the connection is extra tenuous. whereas stories from Europe dominate the gathering, different elements of the world--including Africa, India, and North America--are good represented. also, numerous performs and operas, in addition to brief fictions and poetry, all essentially from the 19th century, are provided the following. the economic worth and numerous interpretations of this complicated story supply perception into our cultural earlier, current, and maybe our destiny. no matter if you're a pupil of folklore or an armchair fanatic, this anthology bargains a various array of stories with a unifying topic that either entertains and educates, all amassed for the 1st time in a single worthwhile collection.

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