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

@article{Zipes1977TheUO,
  title={The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales},
  author={Jack David Zipes},
  journal={Telos},
  year={1977},
  volume={1977},
  pages={215 - 224}
}
  • J. Zipes
  • Published 20 June 1977
  • Psychology
  • Telos
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