Posted by SuzanneR on August 18, 1998 at 11:59:45:
In response to Fairy Tales, written by Bob Whitworth on August 18, 1998 at 02:08:32
SNIPThe positive thing about Fairy Tales (in most parents' minds of the period), was that they really taught "morality" tales, which they hoped would help to keep their children on the straight and narrow path. All of these went through numerous editions, so they certainly were selling.
Thanks, Bob, that does help. I asked about it because I recall
seeing a reference to some 19th century parents (and other stuffy types)
deploring the element of fantasy in stories--too extravagant,
too colorful, and too exciting, I suppose. (Fearing a sort of over-
stimulation or perversion of the imagination?) Now that I consider,
though, possibly that would be more of a Victorian attitude.
Still, a Regency evangelical sort (Hannah More?) may not have much approved of these tales.
- A Post-script: I found the reference! SuzanneR 13:08:58 8/18/98 (3)
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