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Bluebeard: A Reader's Guide to the English Tradition

Casie E. Hermansson

Abstract

Bluebeard is the main character in one of the grisliest and most enduring fairy tales of all time. A serial wife murderer, he keeps a horror chamber in which remains of all his previous matrimonial victims are secreted from his latest bride. She is given all the keys but forbidden to open one door of the castle. Astonishingly, this fairy tale was a nursery room staple, one of the tales translated into English from Charles Perrault’s French Mother Goose Tales. This book is a major study of the tale and its many variants (some, like “Mr. Fox,” native to England and America) in English: from the ... More

Keywords: fairy tales, Bluebeard, wife murderer, Charles Perrault, Mother Goose Tales, Mr. Fox, chapbooks, children’s toybooks, pantomimes, melodramas

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9781604732306
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604732306.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Casie E. Hermansson, author

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