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Author: A. T. Quiller-Couch Narrator: Roe Kendall Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2011 ISBN: 9781481541138
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Sir Arthur T. Quiller-Couch here gives us these four fairy tales that have been perennial favorites for centuries. The first three fairy tales are “The Sleeping Beauty,” “Blue Beard,” and “Cinderella,” all three of which were popularized in France by Charles Perrault in 1697 in hisTales of Mother Goose. The last tale in the compilation is “Beauty and the Beast,” this version attributed to Gabrielle de Villeneuve, who published it in 1740 and 1756.

Quiller-Couch had this to say regarding his translation of these tales: “I began by translating Perrault’s tales, very nearly word for word…the translations, when finished, did not satisfy me, and so I turned back to the beginning and have rewritten the stories in my own way, which (as you may say with the Irish butler) ‘may not be the best claret, but ‘tis the best we’ve got…’”

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  • “There is exceptional beauty in a big book of fairy tales from the Old French retold by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch…He frankly declines to render these familiar stories in literal translation…but no one will quarrel with him who reads what he has done.”


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynda | 10/21/2009

    " Quiller-Couch was Helene Hanff's favorite author. I could think of no better recommendation. "

About the Author

Sir Arthur T. Quiller-Couch (1863–1944), born in Bodmin, was educated at Clifton and Trinity Colleges. Quiller-Couch worked as a journalist and assistant editor for the Speaker and was a professor of English literature at Cambridge. He is the author of several short stories, novels, and romances. 

About the Narrator

Roe Kendall (a.k.a. Vanessa Benjamin), a native of the British Isles, graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London. She has performed on stage, as a voice-over artist, and as an audiobook narrator.