The English Fairy Tales Illustrated by Arthur Rakham (Paperback)

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About the Book

The book contains 41 stories written by Flora Annie Steel and illustrated by Arthur Rackham. The stories are very interesting to read and engage the readers’ attention from the beginning to the end. Each story has some moral lesson which inculcates the reader though entertainment is the main focus throughout the book.

Apart from the engaging plot in each story, there are crisp dialogues that use the language and style befitting specific characters. The book is full of funny situations, but the undertones of tough situations are also found so that when the problem is solved in the end, there is a relief which enhances the enjoyment of the reader.

Another feature of the book is that it contains a number of illustrations from the master illustrator Arthur Rackham whose sketches enable the reader to connect with the story, its characters and events more deeply.

The book was first published nearly a century ago but since it has a universal appeal, it is still read with interest, especially by children.

About the Author

FLORA ANNIE STEEL (1847-1929), an English short story writer, was noted for writing books set in British India or otherwise connected to it. In 1867, she married Henry William Steel who was a member of the Indian Civil Service, and for the next two decades she lived in India mainly in the Punjab, with which most of her books are connected.

During her stay in India, Flora Annie grew deeply interested in native Indian life and began to urge educational reforms on the government of India. She became an Inspectress of Government and Aided Schools in the Punjab. She also worked with John Lockwood Kipling, father of Rudyard Kipling (famous writer of Kim and Just So Stories), to foster Indian arts and crafts.

Flora Annie Steel developed an interest in relating to all classes of Indian society. After the birth of her daughter, she interacted with local women and learnt their language. She encouraged the production of local handicrafts. She also collected a number of folk-tales, a collection of which she published in 1894.

It was due to Flora Annie’s interest in schools and the education of women that she gained a special insight into life and character of local people. A year before leaving India, she co-authored and published The Complete Indian Housekeeper, which gave detailed directions to European women on all aspects of household management in India.

In 1889 the family moved back to Scotland, and she continued her writing there. Some of her best work is contained in two collections of short stories. Her English Fairy Tales illustrated by Arthur Rackham became immensely popular.

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AuthorFlora Annie Steel's
Original PriceINR 175
Publication Year2017
PublisherPeacock Books
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