Dr Bruno Bettelheim
1991 Penguin Books, London
Wicked stepmothers and beautiful princesses, magic forests and enchanted towers, little pigs and big bad wolves: Fairy tales have been an integral part of childhood for hundreds of years. But what do they really mean? In this award-winning work of criticism, renowned psychoanalyst Dr Bruno Bettelheim presents a thought provoking and stimulating exploration of the best-known fairy stories. He reveals the true content of the stories and shows how children can use them to cope with their baffling emotions and anxieties.