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The Fourth Pig

The Fourth Pig (Hardback, Revised edition)

By Mitchison, Naomi
Introduction by Warner, Marina

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The Fourth Pig, originally published in 1936, is a wide-ranging and fascinating collection of fairy tales, poems, and ballads. Droll and sad, spirited and apprehensive, The Fourth Pig reflects the hopes and forebodings of its era but also resonates with those of today. It is a te...stament to the talents of Naomi Mitchison (1897-1999), who was an irrepressible phenomenon--a significant 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. Mitchison rewrites well-known stories such as Hansel and Gretel and The Little Mermaid, and she picks up the tune of a ballad with admiring fidelity to form, as in Mairi MacLean and the Fairy Man. Her experimental approach is encapsulated in the title story, which is a dark departure from The Three Little Pigs. And in the play Kate Crackernuts, the author dramatizes in charms and songs a struggle against the subterranean powers of fairies who abduct humans for their pleasure. Marina Warner, the celebrated scholar of fairy tales and fiction author, provides an insightful introduction that reveals why Mitchison's writing remains significant. The Fourth Pig is a literary rediscovery, a pleasure that will reawaken interest in a remarkable writer and personality.
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ISBN 9780691158952
Released AU 15 Oct 2014
Format Hardback, Revised edition
Alternate Format(s) View All (2 other possible title(s) available)
Language English (translated from: English)
Series Oddly Modern Fairy Tales (part: 9)
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ISBN-13 9780691158952
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher unlisted
Imprint Princeton University Press
Released 15 Oct 2014
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback, Revised edition
Edition Revised edition
Language English
Translated from English
Author(s) By Mitchison, Naomi
Introduction by Warner, Marina
Series Oddly Modern Fairy Tales (part: 9)
Category Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 256
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 203mm
Spine: 21mm
Dewey Code 823.912
Weight 369g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade;College/higher education