Oscar Wilde told and retold his fairy tales to friends in private readings, refining them further each time before finally publishing them in two collections between 1888 and 1891 to great acclaim and lasting popularity ever since. Much of their charm is due to Wilde's intention that the stories be "studies in prose... meant partly for children, and partly for those who have kept the childlike faculties of wonder and joy, and who find in simplicity a subtle strangeness."
Here are six magical stories to thrill and enchant you. Listen as Blackberry Blue rises from the bramble patch; follow Emeka the pathfinder on his mission to save a lost king; and join Princess Desire as she gallops across the Milky Way on her jet-black horse. These beautifully written and original stories will delight listeners of all ages.
Follow one large ungainly "duck" as he is laughed at, kicked, and pecked for being different. Hans Christian Andersen shows that beauty is only skin-deep, and many other important moral lessons in more than five hours of his best, inspiring stories.
Family storytelling at its most hilarious, the Maynard Moose tales of Willy Claflin entertain all ages. An excellent choice for family car trips, these whimsical retellings excite young imaginations and delight young and old with their creative use of language.
Here's the classic tale of how the ugly duckling, who is teased by the other birds on the river, turns into a beautiful swan. Also included are "The Emperor's New Clothes", "The Tinderbox", and "The Little Mermaid".
Susanna Clarke returns with an enchanting collection brimming with all the ingredients of good fairy tales: petulant princesses; vengeful owls; ladies who pass their time by embroidering terrible fates; endless paths in the deep, dark woods; and houses that never appear the same way twice.
"21st century 19th century lit"