50 Classic Tales: The Western Folk and Fairy Tale Tradition is a fully illustrated hardcover book that will help both children and adults gain a greater appreciation for and understanding of the West’s rich history of folklore and storytelling. This 384-page collection features cover art by Herrmann Radwulf and includes a two-part introduction covering the evolution of the tale, over 300 accompanying illustrations from “the golden age of illustration,” and newly translated stories selected from Aesop’s Fables, Italian Renaissance writers like Giovanni Francesco Straparola, the works of the Grimm Brothers’ Kinder- und Hausmärchen and Deutsche Sagen, the folklore of the British Isles, the stories of Hans Christian Andersen, and a selection from Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe’s 1852 compilation Norwegian Folktales.
Hundreds of re-touched illustrations from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, a period known as “the golden age of illustration,” bring the stories to life and highlight the rich work of an array of prominent artists that, among many others, include: Leonard Leslie Brooke, Harry Clarke, Walter Crane, Gustav Doré, Edmund Dulac, Otto Kubel, Einar Nerman, Kay Nielsen, Arthur Rackham, William Heath Robinson, Harry Rountree, and Hermann Vogel. Alongside these classic illustrations are dozens of original vector images created specifically for this work by the TWPP team, further enhancing a book that has been printed at the highest possible quality through a traditional method known as “offset lithography.” Some of the features include custom endsheets, Smyth sewn binding, red and white head- and tailbands, interior pages printed on thick, 100# coated matte paper, and a durable and smudge-free matte laminate cover.
While contemporary analyses often subvert or disparage the texts to align with an anti-Western agenda, 50 Classic Tales contains new analyses, translations, and historical interpretations one will not find in any other collection. Jack Zipes and Maria Tatar are the two most influential, currently living scholars and translators of Western folklore, yet they are not “Western,” and have been responsible for radical perversions, have unambiguous animosity toward their subject matter, and intentionally exclude certain texts from their works. These so-called “experts” routinely write chastise Western folklore as “racist” and pressure publishers to omit certain texts in the hopes that they will disappear. 50 Classic Tales ensures they will not, includes several tales reader will find in few other modern compilations, and modernizes the language without compromising the original meaning or bending to outsider ideologies.
50 Classic Tales a crucial work for both children and adults alike who care about their cultural heritage, wish to understand it more fully, and seek to ensure the next generation won’t be misled or confused by modern adaptations portraying the characters in Western folk and fairy tales as non-white to suit the current multicultural agenda. Parents who are mindful of these issues will not have to worry, as 50 Classic Tales has been compiled to guarantee that our children, and those to come, will be able to grow up with untainted versions of the wonderful stories of our collective past.