Beauty and the Beast

Classic Tales About Animal Brides and Grooms from Around the World

Maria Tatar

Perhaps no fairy tale is as widely known as 'Beauty and the Beast' - and perhaps no fairy tale exists in as many variations. Nearly every culture tells the story in one fashion or another - such cultural phenomena as The Fault in Our Stars and Me Before You are recent examples - and it is impossible to find one version that laid the foundation for the rest. From Cupid and Psyche, India's Snake Bride to South Africa's 'Story of Five Heads', the partnering of beast and beauties has beguiled us for thousands of years.

In this fascinating volume preeminent fairy tale scholar Maria Tatar brings together tales from ancient times to the present and from a wide variety of cultures.

  • Penguin Classics
  • Published 30th March 2017
  • 304 Pages
  • 138mm x 199mm x 17mm
  • 186g
  • £13.99