Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Books: Phillip Pullman is Adapting the Grimm's Fairy Tales

His dark materials … Philip Pullman has had fun adapting some of the Grimms' lesser-known tales. 

The Guardian reported today that Phillip Pullman, author of the His Dark Materials series, is adapting fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm! The collection, Grimm Tales: For Young and Old, will come out on September 6th, and will include well-tread favorites, as well as lesser known tales (thank god)!: 
This is a project the His Dark Materials author has been working on for a while – he mentioned it to a fansite a year ago, telling Bridge to the Stars that 'this isn't a book for children only', and that he was 'telling the best of the tales in my own voice, and I'm finding it a great purifier of narrative thinking, rather as a pianist relishes playing Bach's preludes and fugues as a sort of palate-cleansing discipline'...
Pullman has chosen his 50 favourite stories, 'from the quests and romance of classics such as Rapunzel, Snow White and Cinderella to the danger and wit of such lesser-known tales as The Three Snake LeavesHans-My-Hedgehog and Godfather Death', and is retelling them in 'clear as water' new versions, complete with commentary on each story's history and background." (Full Article)
 He may also include The Juniper Tree and The Shoes that were Danced to Pieces. Phillip Pullman is a fantastic writer and I am really excited for this collection! I will be excited to see how he balances adaptation with 'clear as water,' and I hope the commentary is as delicious as I am imagining.

Other articles about this:
Pullman Rewrites Grimm's Tales for Penguin Press at The Bookseller
Coming This Fall: Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm by Phillip Pullman at SurLaLune FairyTales Blog

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