Saturday, April 29, 2017

Jack Zipes, Emile Zola

Jack Zipes translated the Brothers Grimm to English. He is an authority on fairy tales and well known with people interested in the study of fairy tales.

Most of you are not surprised that Disney has taken liberties with traditional stories. What is interesting about these stories is that they have long histories in preceding cultures that go back thousands of years. In the Grimm fairy tale, the little mermaid does become sea foam and is not
rewarded for her bravery and perseverance.

Steps to Indian Mound at Ocmulgee National Park

Emile Zola is an 19th Century French writer. He is listed here to impress you. His writing was more profitable in his lifetime than Victor Hugo. He was noted for defending Alfred Dreyfuss.


  1. I now think I want to read some of Zola's work. Many of your posts this month have prompted me to find new authors to read :)

  2. The Grimm fairy tales are often very, very dark. Disney needs to take a scalpel to them, but the originals have a power of their own.
    It is years since I have read any Zola - thank you for the reminder.

  3. I have not heard of Emile Zola; I'll have to look into his work. Congrats on finishing A/Z! Work stresses and other things going on precluded me from keeping up with all the A/Z'ers of blogs I follow, but I did enjoy reading the few posts I did from you; you had a great theme!


  4. Hi Ann - I suspect I've seen Zola made into a tv series - now I've looked there's quite a lot of the Zola story I'd forgotten about and must check back in ... thanks! ... but the Grimm Fairy tales are a delight - they may be 'Grimm' - but when I read many of them ... I just wanted the story line and I devoured them ... we had many at home - cheers Hilary

  5. Yeah, many fairy tales sure aren't what Disney make them out to be.

  6. Grimm Fairy Tales...I love the original versions and of course the Disney versions!!!
    I do not know of Emile Zola's writings but I am going to look at his work...thank you Ann~

  7. Your entire series was a feast of unexplored authors and books! Double thumbs up to that!

    Much of the Grimm's fairy tales I have only read and not watched the Disney versions, and many fairy tales, not just the Brother's Grimm's but generally, are quite scary and violent. I had a book of Russian fairy tales as a kid, and also the Bengali ones native to my culture, and some of those stories I wouldn't repeat to a child. Why expose them to the idea of death and violence and sadness earlier than necessary?

    Have a great weekend!

  8. Congratulations a a successful completion of the 2017 Challenge. Well done!

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out


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