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Jack Zipes

Jack Zipes is a preeminent fairy-tale scholar who has written, translated, and edited dozens of books, including The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm and Complete Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde. He is a professor emeritus of German and comparative literature at the University of Minnesota.


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Aesop's Fables
Written by Aesop, Afterword by Jack Zipes, Edited by Jack Zipes, Introduction by Sam Pickering
Signet | Paperback | October 2004
$5.95/6.99(Canada) | 978-0-451-52953-4 (0-451-52953-7)

“Kindness is seldom wasted.”
—from “The Lion and the Mouse”

It is both amazing and wonderful that so much of the richness of our language and our moral education still owes a huge debt to a Greek slave who was executed more than two thousand years ago. Yet “sour grapes,” “crying ‘wolf,’” “actions...

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The Arabian Nights, Volume I
Written by Anonymous, Adapted by Jack Zipes, Translated by Richard Francis Burton, Introduction by Daniel Beaumont
Signet | Paperback | July 2007
$8.95/11.95(Canada) | 978-0-451-53059-2 (0-451-53059-4)

Enjoy the timeless tales of Aladdin, Sinbad, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, and many more in this first volume of The Arabian Nights

Upon learning of his queen’s infidelity, proud King Shahryar has her killed. As revenge on womankind, he decides to wed a different virgin every night, only to have... Read more

The Arabian Nights, Volume II
Written by Anonymous, Adapted by Jack Zipes, Translated by Richard Francis Burton, Introduction by John Barth
Signet | Paperback | February 2010
$8.95/9.99(Canada) | 978-0-451-53148-3 (0-451-53148-5)

Volume two in a collection of tales representing distinctive genres- from fairy tales to erotica-revealing the customs and societies in the medieval Middle East, as told by the mythic Sheherazade. Read more

Peter Pan
Written by J. M. Barrie, Introduction by Jack Zipes
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | July 2004
$11.00/14.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-243793-3 (0-14-243793-X)

J.M. Barrie's classic tale of the "boy who would not grow up"

Peter Pan originally appeared as a baby living a magical life among birds and fairies in J.M. Barrie’s sequence of stories, Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens. His later role as flying boy hero was brought to the stage by Barrie in... Read more

The Tale of Tales
Written by Giambattista Basile, Illustrated by Carmelo Lettere, Translated by Nancy L. Canepa, Foreword by Jack Zipes, Noted by Nancy L. Canepa
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | February 2016
$20.00/27.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-312914-1 (0-14-312914-7)

Now a major motion picture starring Salma Hayek, John C. Reilly, Toby Jones, and Vincent Cassel: a rollicking, bawdy, fantastical cycle of 50 fairy tales told by 10 storytellers over 5 days
Before the Brothers Grimm, before Charles Perrault, before Hans Christian Andersen, there was Giambattista Basile, a seventeenth-century poet from... Read more

The Wizard of Oz
Written by L. Frank Baum, Illustrated by Rachell Sumpter, Introduction by Jack Zipes, Noted by Jack Zipes
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | April 2012
$17.00/23.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-310663-0 (0-14-310663-5)

L. FRANK BAUM was an author, poet, playwright, actor and filmmaker. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was his most famous work.

JACK ZIPES is an internationally regarded expert on fairy tales. Read more

The Wonderful World of Oz
Written by L. Frank Baum, Illustrated by W. W. Denslow, Introduction by Jack Zipes
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | August 1998
$15.00/16.50(Canada) | 978-0-14-118085-4 (0-14-118085-4)

This fully annotated volume collects three of Baum's fourteen Oz novels in which he developed his utopian vision and which garnered an immense and loyal following. The Wizard of Oz (1900) introduces Dorothy, who arrives from Kansas and meets the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, the Cowardly Lion, and a host of other characters. The... Read more

Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, and Other Classic Fairy Tales of Charles Per
Written by Angela Carter, Introduction by Jack Zipes
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | May 2008
$14.00/15.50(Canada) | 978-0-14-310536-7 (0-14-310536-1)

Ten beloved fairy tales, given new life by the one and only Angela Carter

Little Red Riding Hood. Cinderella. Sleeping Beauty. Bluebeard. The Fairies. Many classic fairy tale characters might not have survived into the present were it not for Charles Perrault, a seventeenth-century French civil servant who rescued them from the... Read more

Written by Carlo Collodi, Translated by M. A. Murray, Introduction by Jack Zipes
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | April 2002
$13.00/13.99(Canada) | 978-0-14-243706-3 (0-14-243706-9)

Pinocchio plays pranks upon the kindly woodcarver Geppetto, is duped by the Fox and the Cat, kills the pedantic Talking Cricket, and narrowly escapes death, with the help of the blue-haired Fairy. A wooden puppet without strings, Pinocchio is a tragicomic figure, a poor, illiterate, naughty peasant boy who has few... Read more

The Man in the Iron Mask
Written by Alexandre Dumas, Afterword by Jack Zipes, Introduction by Roger Celestin
Signet | Paperback | May 2006
$7.95/8.95(Canada) | 978-0-451-53013-4 (0-451-53013-6)

Deep inside the dreaded Bastille, a young prisoner has languished, his face hidden from all, for eight long years. He knows neither his true identity nor the crime that got him there. Then Aramis, one of the original three musketeers—the finest swordsmen in all of France—bribes his way into the young... Read more

Nutcracker and Mouse King and the Tale of the Nutcracker
Written by E. T. A. Hoffmann and Alexandre Dumas, Translated by Joachim Neugroschel, Introduction by Jack Zipes
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | October 2007
$16.00/22.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-310483-4 (0-14-310483-7)

The original stories behind everyone's favorite Christmas ballet

It wasn't until the 1950s that seeing The Nutcracker at Christmastime became an American tradition. But the story itself is much older and its original intent more complex. This eye-opening new volume presents two of the tale's earliest versions, both in new... Read more

Anne of Green Gables
Written by L. M. Montgomery, Introduction by Jack Zipes
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | June 2008
$10.00/13.50(Canada) | 978-0-8129-7903-9 (0-8129-7903-6)

“Matthew had taken the scrawny little hand awkwardly in his; then and there he decided what to do. He could not tell this child with the glowing eyes that there had been a mistake. . . .”

When eleven-year-old Anne Shirley arrives at Green Gables with nothing but a carpetbag and an... Read more

Spells of Enchantment
Written by Various, Translated by Jack Zipes
Penguin Books | Trade Paperback | December 1992
$27.00/28.50(Canada) | 978-0-14-012783-6 (0-14-012783-6)

Spells of Enchantment brings together the best literary fairy tales ever written, arranged to provide a sense of the history and evolution of this ancient genre. Focusing on the work of the most gifted writers of the great Western literary movements from classical times to the present. Jack Zipes’s collection shows... Read more

Complete Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde
Written by Oscar Wilde, Afterword by Jack Zipes, Introduction by Gyles Brandreth
Signet | Paperback | October 2008
$5.95/7.50(Canada) | 978-0-451-53107-0 (0-451-53107-8)

The master of wit and irony

Published here alongside their evocative original illustrations, these fairy tales, as Oscar Wilde himself explained, were written “partly for children, and partly for those who have kept the childlike faculties of wonder and joy.” Read more

The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm All-New Third Edition
Illustrated by Johnny Gruelle, Translated by Jack Zipes
Bantam | Trade Paperback | January 2003
$23.00/26.95(Canada) | 978-0-553-38216-7 (0-553-38216-0)

The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm

Perhaps no other stories possess as much power to enchant, delight, and surprise as those penned by the immortal Brothers Grimm. Now, in the new, expanded third edition, renowned scholar and folklorist Jack Zipes has translated all 250 tales collected and published by Jacob... Read more