The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales

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Winner of the National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award

"A charming book about enchantment, a profound book about fairy tales."—John Updike, The New York Times Book Review
 
Bruno Bettelheim was one of the great child psychologists of the twentieth century and perhaps none of his books has been more influential than this revelatory study of fairy tales and their universal importance in understanding childhood development.

Analyzing a wide range of traditional stories, from the tales of Sindbad to “The Three Little Pigs,” “Hansel and Gretel,” and “The Sleeping Beauty,” Bettelheim shows how the fantastical, sometimes cruel, but always deeply significant narrative strands of the classic fairy tales can aid in our greatest human task, that of finding meaning for one’s life.
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About the author

Bruno Bettelheim was born in Vienna in 1903. He received his doctorate at the University of Vienna and came to America in 1939, after a year in the concentration camps of Dachau and Buchenwald. He was a Distinguished Professor of Education and Professor of both psychology and psychiatry at the University of Chicago. He died in 1990.


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Publisher
Vintage
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Published on
Dec 22, 2010
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Pages
352
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ISBN
9780307773524
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Language
English
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Genres
Literary Criticism / Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology
Psychology / Developmental / Child
Psychology / Psychotherapy / Child & Adolescent
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This content is DRM protected.
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Eligible for Family Library

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