The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales

  title={The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales},
  author={Jack David Zipes},
  pages={215 - 224}
  • J. Zipes
  • Published 20 June 1977
  • Psychology
  • Telos
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