"Vintage Fear" is a limited edition gift pack which consists of beautifully designed separate volumes of "The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm" and Angela Carter's groundbreaking reworking of these stories, "The Bloody Chamber." "Vintage Fear" is just one of ten "Vintage Classic Twins" to collect. Each twin consists of two books: a specially designed limited edition of one modern classic title and one established classic work. The books in each pair have been carefully selected to provide a thought-provoking combination. "The Complete Fairy Tales": The folk tales collected by the Grimm brothers created an astonishingly influential imaginative world loved by millions of readers from their childhoods. However, it is also a world where a woman serves her stepson up in a stew and an evil queen dances to death in a pair of burning shoes. Violent, funny, wise and beautiful, these stories have intrigued children, adults, scholars, psychologists and artists for centuries. This is the only complete edition of the tales available featuring the 279 stories in an acclaimed, modern, unexpurgated translation. "The Bloody Chamber": From familiar fairy tales and legends - "Red Riding Hood", "Bluebeard", "Puss in Boots", "Beauty and the Beast", vampires and werewolves. Angela Carter has created an absorbing collection of dark, sensual, fantastic stories.
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Jacob Grimm (1785-1863) and Wilhelm Grimm (1786-1859) were born in Hanau, Germany. They published the first of their many collections of fairy tales in 1812. The story that they wandered about Germany collecting their tales from the lips of peasants is a fairy tale itself. In fact, they invited educated middle class women into their home to tell them the stories they had heard from their servants. The point of their collection of folklore was to study the German language and they also did important work on the German dictionary. The stories were revised to be more appropriate for children in 1819 and were published under the title Children's and Household Tales. By the beginning of the twentieth century Children's and Household Tales was second only to the Bible in the German bestseller lists. Angela Carter was born in 1940 and read English at Bristol University, before spending two years living in Japan. She lived and worked extensively in the United States and Australia. Her first novel, Shadow Dance, was published in 1965, followed by the Magic Toyshop in 1967, which went on to win the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. She wrote a further four novels, together with three collections of short stories, two works of non-fiction and a volume of collected writings. Angela Carter died in 1992.Review:
"The Complete Fairy Tales: It is hardly too much to say that these tales rank next to the Bible in importance" -- W. H. Auden "The Complete Fairy Tales: The Brother's Grimm were responsible for these fairytales that informed my life and made it as interesting, or as confused, or as wondrous as it is...they scared the shit out of me when I was a kid and they also gave me some of the most pleasure in life" -- Terry Gilliam "The Complete Fairy Tales: The stories, and the figures themselves, have immense vitality, partly because no punches are pulled, and also because no emotion is unrepresented" -- Margaret Atwood "The Bloody Chamber: Magnificent set pieces of fastidious sensuality" -- Ian McEwan "The Bloody Chamber: Angela Carter has extended the life and richness of the fable form itself partly through language that is both pellucid and sensual, but chiefly through imagination of such Ariel reach that she can glide from ancient to modern, from darkness to luminosity, from depravity to comedy without any hint of strain and without losing the elusive power of the original tales" The Times
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