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The Crimson Fairy Book

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The Crimson Fairy Book

Each Fairy Book demands a preface from the Editor, and these

introductions are inevitably both monotonous and unavailing. A sense

of literary honesty compels the Editor to keep repeating that he is the

Editor, and not the author of the Fairy Tales, just as a distinguished

man of science is only the Editor, not the Author of Nature. Like

nature, popular tales are too vast to be the creation of a single modern

mind. The Editor's business is to hunt for collections of these

stories told by peasant or savage grandmothers in many climes, from New

Caledonia to Zululand; from the frozen snows of the Polar regions to

Greece, or Spain, or Italy, or far Lochaber. When the tales are found

they are adapted to the needs of British children by various hands,

the Editor doing little beyond guarding the interests of propriety,

and toning down to mild reproofs the tortures inflicted on wicked

stepmothers, and other naughty characters.

 


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