Workers' Tales: Socialist Fairy Tales, Fables, and Allegories from Great Britain


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Princeton University Press
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5.5 X 7.7 X 1.0 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Michael Rosen is professor of children's literature at Goldsmiths, University of London. The author of more than 140 children's books, he is also known for his work as a broadcaster, political columnist, and scriptwriter, and was Children's Laureate from 2007 to 2009. His many books for adults include So They Call You Pisher!, Alphabetical, and The Disappearance of Émile Zola. He lives in London.


"As plain-language, kid-friendly introductions to socialist politics, [the Workers' Tales stories] are at once intriguing historical artifacts and, in a few cases, striking allegories that remain pertinent now, even on the other side of the Atlantic."---J.C. Pan, The Atlantic
"A thought-provoking anthology. . . . These tales . . . are fascinating to read, both to see how they fit into the fairy tale genre and to see which messages still ring true today."---Catherine Ramsdell, PopMatters
"[Workers' Tales] entries remain powerful in their ethical simplicity--conveying with force the moral urgency of the socialist critique and its continued relevance to the problem of societies that remain systemically unequal."---Luke Savage, Jacobin
"[An] important collection."---Jon Klaemint Hofgaard, Peace News
"Throughout, the tales in this collection exemplify themes and ideas related to work and the class system. . . . [A] beautiful volume."-- "Arab News"
"[A] timely yet time-honored evocation of the enduring issues of inequality, injustice, and exploitation."---Simon Poole, Journal of Folklore Research
"[T]his book will make you think, and it will make you want to share it with your friends so you can discuss it."---Tahlia Merrill Kirk, Once Upon a Blog

[An] excellent and charming anthology. . . . This is a fascinating introduction to a relatively unexplored area, and all
the more welcome for it.

"---Paul Cowdell, Folklore
"These tales provide considerable insight into the life course, relationships, job experiences, and housing conditions of many people in the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century British working class."---Stephen H. Norwood, European Legacy