The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales

The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales

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ISBN13: 9780140137279
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Wicked stepmothers and beautiful princesses ...magic forests and enchanted towers ...little pigs and big bad wolves ...Fairy tales have been an integral part of childhood for hundreds of years. But what do they really mean? In this award-winning work of criticism, renowned psychoanalyst Dr Bruno Bettelheim presents a thought provoking and stimulating exploration of the best-known fairy stories. He reveals the true content of the stories and shows how children can use them to cope with their baffling emotions and anxieties.

Type Book
Number Of Pages 352
Item Height 24 mm
Item Width 128 mm
Item Weight 140 Gram
Product Dimensions 128 x 24 x 196
Publisher Penguin
Format Paperback | 352

Bettelheim argues convincingly that fairy tales provide a unique way for children to come to terms with the dilemmas of their inner lives. -- The Atlantic

A charming book about enchantment, a profound book about fairy tales. --John Updike, The New York Times Book Review

A splendid achievement, brimming with useful ideas, with insights into how young children read and understand, and most of all overflowing with a realistic optimism and with an experienced and therapeutic good will. --Harold Bloom, The New York Review of Books

Provocative and persuasive. -- Boston Globe

Bruno Bettelheim was Professor of Psychology at the University of Chicago from 1944 to 1973. He died in 1990.