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Don't Bet on the Prince (1987) [Anthology]
by Margaret Atwood Olga Broumas Angela Carter Meghan B. Collins Michael de Larrabeiti Jeanne Desy Sara Henderson Hay Tanith Lee The Merseyside Fairy Story Collective Joanna Russ Anne Sexton Judith Viorst Jay Williams Jane Yolen Rating: Weighted - 6.7 / Average - 6.0 of 10 (1 votes) (Rate!)
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Jack Zipes has put together the first comprehensive anthology of feminist fairy tales and essays to appear since the women's movement gained momentum in the 1960's. He has selected works by such gifted writers as Angela Carter, Margaret Atwood, Tanith Lee, Jay Williams, Jane Yolen, Anne Sexton, Olga Broumas and Joanna Russ - all of whom, whether they consider themselves "feminists" or not, have written innovative stories which seek to break with the classical tradition of fairy tales. The accompanying critical essays, by Marcia Lieberman, Sandra Gilbert, Susan Gubar and Karen Rowe, discuss how fairy tales play an important role in early socialization, influencing the manner in which children perceive the world and their place in it even before they begin to read.

Don't Bet on the Prince was created out of dissatisfaction with the dominant male discourse of traditional fairy tales and with the sexist social values and institutions which it supports. This book demonstrates how recent male and female writers, by looking at the classical literary fairy tale with new eyes, have changed the aesthetic constructs and social content of fairy tales in order to reflect the major changes in the roles of sex, gender, socialization and education since the 1960's. It is an excellent example of how the literature of fantasy and imagination can be harnessed to create a new view of the world.

Don't Bet on the Prince is for all those interested in questioning the traditional values and expectations by which our perceptions of ourselves are formed. It will be of special interest to those concerned with the feminist movement, women's studies and the growing feminist sensibility in fantasy literature. Its tales will also appeal to children, and the child in every adult.


  • Fairy Tales and Poems:
    • The Princess Who Stood On Her Own Two Feet by Jeanne Desy
    • Prince Amilec by Tanith Lee
    • Petronella by Jay Williams
    • The Donkey Prince by Angela Carter
    • ...And Then The Prince Knelt Down and Tried to Put the Glass Slipper on Cinderella’s Foot by Judith Viorst
    • Snow White by The Merseyside Fairy Story Collective
    • The Moon Ribbon by Jane Yolen
    • Russalka or The Seacoast of Bohemia by Joanna Russ
    • A Fairy Tale for Our Time by Jack Zipes
    • The Green Woman by Meghan B. Collins
    • Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty) by Anne Sexton
    • Little Red Riding Hood by Olga Broumas
    • Rapunzel by Sara Henderson Hay
    • Wolfland by Tanith Lee
    • Malagan and the Lady of Rascas by Michael de Larrabeiti
    • Bluebeard’s Egg by Margaret Atwood
  • Essays:
    • ‘Some Day My Prince Will Come’: Female Acculturation through the Fairy Tale by Marcia K. Lieberman
    • The Queen’s Looking Glass by Sandra M. Gilbert & Susan Gubar
    • Feminism and Fairy Tales by Karen E. Rowe
    • A Second Gaze at Little Red Riding Hood’s Trials and Tribulations by Jack Zipes

Original title: Don't Bet on the Prince: Contemporary Feminist Fairy Tales in North America and Europe
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionFantasyFairy Tales
Fairy Tales & FolkloreOriginal Creations

The following works are contained within this one:
     Donkey Prince, the (1970) [Short Story]
      Author: Angela Carter
     Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty) (1971) [Poem]
      Author: Anne Sexton
     Snow White (1972) [Short Story]
      Author: The Merseyside Fairy Story Collective
     Prince Amilec (1972) [Short Story]
      Author: Tanith Lee
     Petronella (1973) [Short Story]
      Author: Jay Williams
     Moon Ribbon, the (1976) [Short Story]
      Author: Jane Yolen
     Little Red Riding Hood (1977) [Poem]
      Author: Olga Broumas
     Russalka, or The Seacoast of Bohemia (1978) [Short Story]
      Author: Joanna Russ
     Wolfland (1980) [Short Story]
      Author: Tanith Lee
     Princess Who Stood on Her Own Two Feet, the (1982) [Short Story]
      Author: Jeanne Desy
     Green Woman, the (1982) [Short Story]
      Author: Meghan B. Collins
     ...And Then The Prince Knelt Down and Tried to Put the Glass Slipper on Cinderella's Foot (1982) [Poem]
      Author: Judith Viorst
     Rapunzel (1982) [Poem]
      Author: Sara Henderson Hay
     Bluebeard's Egg (1983) [Short Story]
      Author: Margaret Atwood
     Malagan and the Lady of Rascas (1984) [Short Story]
      Author: Michael de Larrabeiti
     Fairy Tale for Our Time, a (1985) [Short Story]
      Author: Jack Zipes

Edition #1: Don't Bet on the Prince

Don't Bet on the Prince (1987)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Edited by: Jack Zipes
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Manifested in:

Don't Bet on the Prince (1989)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 0415902630
Pages: 270

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