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The Fourth Pig

(1936)
A collection of stories by

 
 
The Fourth Pig, originally published in 1936, is a wide-ranging and fascinating collection of fairy tales, poems, and ballads. Droll and sad, spirited and apprehensive, The Fourth Pig reflects the hopes and forebodings of its era but also resonates with those of today. It is a testament to the talents of Naomi Mitchison (1897 - 1999), who was an irrepressible phenomenon - a significant Scottish political activist as well as a prolific author. Mitchison's work, exemplified by the tales in this superb new edition, is stamped with her characteristic sharp wit, magical invention, and vivid political and social consciousness.

Mitchison rewrites well-known stories such as "Hansel and Gretel" and "The Little Mermaid," and she picks up the tune of a ballad with admiring fidelity to form, as in "Mairi MacLean and the Fairy Man." Her experimental approach is encapsulated in the title story, which is a dark departure from "The Three Little Pigs." And in the play Kate Crackernuts, the author dramatizes in charms and songs a struggle against the subterranean powers of fairies who abduct humans for their pleasure. Marina Warner, the celebrated scholar of fairy tales and fiction author, provides an insightful introduction that reveals why Mitchison's writing remains significant.

The Fourth Pig is a literary rediscovery, a pleasure that will reawaken interest in a remarkable writer and personality.

Genre: Fantasy

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Hardback Editions

October 2014 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Fourth Pig (Oddly Modern Fairy Tales)
Author(s): Naomi Mitchison
ISBN: 0-691-15895-9 / 978-0-691-15895-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Princeton University Press
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Paperback Editions

June 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Fourth Pig (Oddly Modern Fairy Tales)
Author(s): Naomi Mitchison
ISBN: 0-691-19144-1 / 978-0-691-19144-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Princeton University Press
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Kindle Editions

October 2014 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Fourth Pig (Oddly Modern Fairy Tales Book 7)
Author(s): Naomi Mitchison
Publisher: Princeton University Press
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