English Fairy Tales – F. A. Steel
Fairy tales are written both to entertain and to educate. Published in the shadow of the First World War, F. A. Steel’s retellings of forty-one English fairy tales form a classic collection of stories, ranging from the familiar – ‚Jack and the Beanstalk’, ‚Little Red Riding-Hood’ and ‚The Three Little Pigs’ – to the perhaps less well known – ‚The Black Bull of Norroway’, ‚Nix Nought Nothing’ and ‚The Red Ettin’. Originally published in 1918, it reflects the nationalistic concerns of the period. Steel takes the reader on a journey, from Cornwall to Bamburgh Castle via a palace by the sea, as well as high into the sky, where a giant lives. The magical tales in English Fairy Tales are brought to life by one of the best-known illustrators of the time, Arthur Rackham.
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