Literature

The Sorcerer's Apprentice: An Anthology of Magical Tales

    Illustrated by
  • Natalie Frank

A diverse new anthology that traces the meaning and magic of the sorcerer’s apprentice tale throughout history

Paperback

Price:
$19.95 / £16.99
ISBN:
Published:
Jul 9, 2019
2017
Pages:
432
Size:
6.13 x 9.25 in.
Illus:
20 b/w illus.
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“The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” might conjure up images of Mickey Mouse from the Disney film Fantasia, or of Harry Potter. As this anthology reveals, however, “sorcerer’s apprentice” tales—in which a young person rebels against, or complies with, an authority who holds the keys to magical powers—have been told through the centuries from classical times to today. This collection brings together more than fifty sorcerer’s apprentice stories by a plethora of writers, including Ovid, Sir Walter Scott, and the Brothers Grimm. In an extensive introduction, fairy-tale scholar Jack Zipes discusses the significance of the apprentice stories, the contradictions in popular retellings, and the importance of magic as a tool of resistance against figures who abuse their authority. Twenty specially commissioned black-and-white illustrations by noted artist Natalie Frank bring the stories to visual life.