Giambattista Basile's the Tale of Tales, or Entertainment for Little Ones

Giambattista Basile (Author) Nancy L. Canepa (Translator)
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Product Details

Wayne State University Press
Publish Date
April 01, 2016
6.9 X 1.3 X 10.1 inches | 2.6 pounds

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About the Author

Nancy L. Canepa is associate professor of French and Italian at Dartmouth College.


With stories marked by vertiginous fantasy, spirited wit, and baroque excess, Basile redefined the fairy tale for European audiences. Nancy Canepa's splendid new translation captures all the narrative energy and stylistic ?lan of The Tale of Tales and ensures that this collection will finally receive the attention it deserves."--Maria Tatar "John L. Loeb Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University and author of The Hard Facts of the Grimms' Fairy Tales and Off With Their Heads! "
Nancy Canepa's translation of Basile's Lo cunto de li cunti will make a truly significant contribution to fairy-tale studies in the English-reading world. Her expertise makes her the one who could and should have undertaken the challenge of translating the whole collection. She has the translation skills and practice, the scholarly knowledge, disciplinary vision, and passionate interest that will ensure the success of this volume."--Cristina Bacchilega "author of Postmodern Fairy Tales: Gender and Narrative Strategies, co-editor of Angela Carter and the Fairy Tale, and professor of English at the University of H "
Canepa's edition, with its newly-commissioned pen-and-ink illustrations, seems to be aimed at general readers. Basile's Tale of Tales constitutes a crossroads in this landscape, and Canepa has provided a valuable service by making it available again in English."--Journal of Folklore Research
Reading The Tale of Tales, Giambattisa Basile's 17th-century book of fairy stories, is both exhilarating and exhausting. If that sounds like a warning, it is. If that sounds like a promise, well, good news.-- (02/07/2016)