Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve: Beauty and the Beast: The Original Story

Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve: Beauty and the Beast: The Original Story

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191 pages | 6 x 9
Paper $41.95 ISBN: 9780866986274 Published February 2020
Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve, the little-known author of Beauty and the Beast, was a successful novelist and fairytale writer in mid eighteenth-century France. While her novels are rarely read today, her compelling fairytale has become universally recognized. This edition is the first integral English translation of Villeneuve’s original tale. The introduction seeks to illuminate the publication of Beauty and the Beast in its historical and literary context, and brings to life the dynamic female characters that first populated this enchanting tale: the courageous Beauty, the Fairy Queen, the Amazon Queen, the Lady Fairy, and the powerful, but mischievous elderly fairy.

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