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The Fourth Pig (Oddly Modern Fairy Tales #1) (Paperback)

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By Naomi Mitchison, Marina Warner (Introduction by)
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This is book number 1 in the Oddly Modern Fairy Tales series.


An enchanting collection that introduces the author and activist Naomi Mitchison to a new generation of readers

The Fourth Pig, originally published in 1936, is a wide-ranging collection of fairy tales, poems, and ballads that reflect the hopes and forebodings of their era but also resonate with those of today. From a retelling of "Hansel and Gretel" to the experimental title story, a dark departure from "The Three Little Pigs," this book is a testament to the talents of Naomi Mitchison (1897-1999), who was an irrepressible phenomenon--a prominent Scottish political activist as well as a prolific author. Mitchison's work, exemplified by the tales in this superb new edition, is stamped with her characteristic sharp wit, magical invention, and vivid political and social consciousness. Marina Warner, the celebrated scholar of myths and fairy tales and writer of fiction, provides an insightful introduction to Mitchison as a remarkable writer and personality.

About the Author

Marina Warner is a cultural historian and novelist who has published widely on fairy tales and myths in art, literature, and politics. Her books include From the Beast to the Blonde and Stranger Magic, winner of the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism and the Truman Capote Award. She is professor of English and creative writing at Birkbeck, University of London, and president of the Royal Society of Literature.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780691191447
ISBN-10: 0691191441
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication Date: July 9th, 2019
Pages: 256
Language: English
Series: Oddly Modern Fairy Tales