Under the Covers and between the Sheets: Facts and Trivia about the World's Greatest Books is currently free in ebook format. Don't know how much fairy tale stuff is in there--but see the description to see that there is some!--but this just the kind of book I like to have on my phone's Kindle reader for when I'm stuck in line somewhere. Short, interesting reading without sucking me in beyond paying attention to my surroundings. Mostly.
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Bibliophiles, grab your glasses! Here is a compendium of interesting--and often scandalous--facts and quips about the literary world. Featuring authors and tomes of yesteryear and yesterday, from Tolkien's Middle- earth to Jeffrey Eugenides's Middlesex, you'll sections such as:
You Don't Say?: Commonly-used words and phrases that were coined or popularized in classic words of fiction--sometimes with very different meanings.
Gruesomely Ever After: The original endings of some of the world's most cherished fairy tales--"Snow White," "The Little Mermaid," "Cinderella," and more.
Parental Guidance Suggested: Banned works of fiction and the controversy surrounding them.
Lions and Tigers and Bears (Oh My!): The real-life stories and inspirations behind beloved "leading creatures."
Time to Make the Doughnuts: Odd jobs of famous authors.
Tell Me a Story: Dahl's short stories, Seuss's political cartoons; the lesser-known, and sometimes shocking, adult writings of beloved children's authors.
The Long Con: Shocking (and sometimes shockingly long-lived) literary hoaxes: Frey, JT Leroy, The Education of Little Tree, The Day After Roswell, etc.
Science Fiction, Science Fact: If alien monoliths are ever found on the moon, the safer bet is that they would be translucent crystal; Sir Arthur C. Clarke is celebrated for making accurate predictions of various technologies, years ahead of their time. A look at which of his predictions held true and the same feats of other authors.
Yes, But is it Art?: The weirdest books ever written: books without verbs, without punctuation...or without the letter "e".
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