A Reader's Guide to the English Tradition

Author: Casie Hermansson

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 321

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Bluebeard is the main character in one of the grisliest and most enduring fairy tales of all time. A serial wife murderer, he keeps a horror chamber in which remains of all his previous matrimonial victims are secreted from his latest bride. She is given all the keys but forbidden to open one door of the castle. Astonishingly, this fairy tale was a nursery room staple, one of the tales translated into English from Charles Perrault's French Mother Goose Tales . Bluebeard: A Reader's Guide to the English Tradition is the first major study of the tale and its many variants (some, like Mr. Fox, native to England and America) in English: from the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century chapbooks, children's toybooks, pantomimes, melodramas, and circus spectaculars, through the twentieth century in music, literature, art, film, and theater. Chronicling the story's permutations, the book presents examples of English true-crime figures, male and female, called Bluebeards, from King Henry VIII to present-day examples. Bluebeard explores rare chapbooks and their illustrations and the English transformation of Bluebeard into a scimitar-wielding Turkish tyrant in a massively influential melodramatic spectacle in 1798. Following the killer's trail over the years, Casie E. Hermansson looks at the impact of nineteenth-century translations into English of the German fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm, and the particularly English story of how Bluebeard came to be known as a pirate. This book will provide readers and scholars an invaluable and thorough grasp on the many strands of this tale over centuries of telling.

Theatre in Dublin, 1745–1820

A Calendar of Performances

Author: John C. Greene

Publisher: Lehigh University Press


Category: Performing Arts

Page: 734

View: 616

This is the first comprehensive, daily compendium of more than 18,000 performances that took place in Dublin’s theatres, music halls, pleasure gardens, and circus amphitheatres between Thomas Sheridan’s becoming the manager at Smock Alley Theatre in 1745 and the dissolution of the Crow Street Theatre in 1820.

General Catalogue of Printed Books

Photolithographic Edition to 1955

Author: British Museum. Dept. of Printed Books



Category: English literature


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Catalogues of Sales

Author: Sotheby & Co. (London, England)



Category: Art


View: 475


Author: Dobell, P.J. & A.E., booksellers, London



Category: Catalogs, Booksellers'


View: 387

The Film Encyclopedia 7th Edition

The Complete Guide to Film and the Film Industry

Author: Ephraim Katz

Publisher: Collins Reference


Category: Performing Arts

Page: 1602

View: 122

Features alphabetically organized entries on the artistic, technical, and commercial aspects of movies, including style, genres, actors and actresses, directors, producers, and motion picture studios.