By Michael Cunningham
Fairy stories for our occasions from the Pulitzer Prize–winning writer of
A poisoned apple and a monkey's paw with the facility to alter destiny; a woman whose terribly lengthy hair factors disaster; a guy with one human arm and one swan's wing; and a home deep within the wooded area, built of gumdrops and gingerbread, vanilla frosting and boiled sugar. In A Wild Swan and different Tales, the folks and the talismans of lands a long way, a ways away—the mythic figures of our childhoods and the resource of loads of our wonder—are remodeled by means of Michael Cunningham into tales of elegant revelation.
listed here are the moments that our fairy stories forgot or intentionally hid: the years after a spell is damaged, the rapturous quick of a miracle suddenly learned, or the destiny of a prince purely part cured of a curse. The Beast stands prior to you in line on the comfort shop, paying for smokes and a narrow Jim, his devouring smile aimed toward the cashier. A malformed little guy with a knack for minor acts of wizardry is going to disastrous lengths to obtain a baby. A loutish and lazy Jack prefers residing in his mother's basement to getting a role, until eventually the day he trades a cow for a handful of magic beans.
Reimagined by way of probably the most proficient storytellers of his new release, and exquisitely illustrated through Yuko Shimizu, infrequently have our bedtime tales been this darkish, this perverse, or this real.
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Each topic includes links to a glossary. html The Online Gallery of the British Library features information about the last remaining copy of the original Beowulf manuscript and a brief explanation of the epic poem’s importance to English literature. The gallery also features an image of a page from the one-thousand-year-old manuscript. Crossley-Holland, Kevin. Beowulf. Illustrated by Charles Keeping. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1987. Crossley-Holland retells the Anglo-Saxon epic in prose for young readers.
His Graphic Myths and Legends work includes Thor & Loki: In the Land of Giants and Amaterasu: Return of the Sun. He has also worked on superhero comics such as Justice League and Spiderman; science fiction titles such as Star Wars and Star Trek; fantasy adventure titles such as DragonLance and Warlord; suspense and horror titles including SwampThing, Predator, and Venom; and his own creation, Trekker. He lives in Portland, Oregon. 48 from an ancient tale told around campfires . . . came a legend for the ages.
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A Wild Swan: And Other Tales by Michael Cunningham