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Maria Tatar

Maria Tatar chairs the Program in Folklore and Mythology at Harvard University. She is the author of Enchanted Hunters: The Power of Stories in Childhood, Off with Their Heads! Fairy Tales and the Culture of Childhood and many other books on folklore and fairy stories. She is also the editor and translator of The Annotated Hans Christian Andersen, The Annotated Brothers Grimm, The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales, The Annotated Peter Pan, The Classic Fairy Tales: A Norton Critical Edition and The Grimm Reader. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Books by Maria Tatar

  1. Book CoverThe Annotated African American Folktales


    Winner of the 2018 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work, Fiction
    Recipient of an Anne Izard Storytellers’ Choice Award

    These nearly 150 African American folktales animate our past and reclaim a lost cultural legacy to redefine American literature.More

  2. Book CoverThe Annotated Brothers Grimm

    The Bicentennial Edition

    "This is the book I wanted as a child and didn’t have, the book I’d have liked both to give to my children and to keep for myself, the book I shall give my grandchildren." —A. S. Byatt, from the introduction to The Annotated Brothers GrimmMore

  3. Book CoverThe Annotated Classic Fairy Tales


    Not since Bruno Bettelheim's The Uses of Enchantment has there been such an illuminating contribution to the world of children's fairy tales.More

  4. Book CoverThe Annotated Hans Christian Andersen


    A richly entertaining and informative collection of Hans Christian Andersen's stories, annotated by one of America's leading folklore scholars.More

  5. Book CoverThe Annotated Peter Pan

    The Centennial Edition

    "Peter Pan is a great and refining and uplifting benefaction to this sordid and money-mad age."—Mark TwainMore

  6. Book CoverThe Classic Fairy Tales

    Second Edition

    “I have used this textbook for four courses on children’s literature with enrollments of over ninety students. It is without doubt the most well organized selection of literary fairy tales and critical commentaries currently available. Students love it.”
    —Lita Barrie, California State University, Los AngelesMore

  7. Book CoverEnchanted Hunters: The Power of Stories in Childhood


    Highly illuminating for parents, vital for students and book lovers alike, Enchanted Hunters transforms our understanding of why children should read.More

  8. Book CoverThe Grimm Reader: The Classic Tales of the Brothers Grimm


    Forty of the most famous and celebrated stories from the Brothers Grimm translated and edited by a leading professor of folklore.More