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Jack David Zipes is an American retired Professor of German at the University of Minnesota, who has published and lectured on the subject of fairy tales, their linguistic roots, and argued that they have a "socialization function". According to Zipes, fairy tales "serve a meaningful social function, not just for compensation but for revelation: the worlds projected by the best of our fairy tales reveal the gaps between truth and falsehood in our immediate society." His arguments are avowedly based on the neo-Marxist critical theory of the Frankfurt School.

Zipes enjoys using droll titles for his works like Don't Bet on the Prince and The Trials and Tribulations of Little Red Ridinghood.

He completed a PhD in comparative literature at Columbia University. Zipes taught at various institutions before heading German language studies at the University of Minnesota. He has retranslation of the complete fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm.


  • The Great Refusal. Studies of the romantic hero in German and American literature (1970)
  • Political plays for children: the Grips Theater of Berlin (1976) translator
  • Breaking the Magic Spell: radical theories of folk and fairytales (1979).
  • Fairy Tales and the Art of Subversion: the classical genre for children and the process of civilization (1983)
  • The Trials and Tribulations of Little Red Riding Hood :versions of the tale in sociocultural context (1983) ISBN 0-415-90835-3
  • Germans and Jews since the Holocaust: the changing situation in West Germany (1986) editor with Anson Rabinbach
  • Victorian Fairy Tales (1987) editor
  • Don't Bet on the Prince (1987)
  • The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm (1987) translator
  • The Brothers Grimm: from enchanted forests to the modern world (1988) biography
  • Fairy Tales and Fables from Weimar Days (1989)
  • Beauties, Beasts, and Enchantment: classic French fairy tales (1989) translator
  • The fairy tales of Frank Stockton (1990) editor
  • Spells of Enchantment (1991)
  • Arabian Nights: (1991) adaptation
  • The Operated Jew : two tales of anti-semitism (1991) translator
  • “Adorno May Still Be Right”. Telos 101 (Fall 1994). New York: Telos Press.
  • Fairy Tale as Myth; Myth as Fairy Tale (1994)
  • The Outspoken Princess and the Gentle Knight (1994)
  • The Complete Fairy Tales of Hermann Hesse (1995)
  • Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales, Children, and the Culture Industry (1997) Routledge
  • The Wonderful World of Oz (1998) editor
  • When Dreams Came True (1999)
  • The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales (2000) editor
  • The Great Fairy Tale Tradition (2001) editor
  • Sticks and Stones: The Troublesome Success of Children's Literature from Slovenly Peter to Harry Potter (2001)
  • Hans Christian Andersen : The Misunderstood Storyteller (2005)
  • The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature (2006) editor
  • Why Fairy Tales Stick (2006)
  • Brothers(Vintage)Grimm the complete fairytails (2007)

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