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The Origins of the Fays

edited, introduced & translated by Brian Stableford

Short Stories

As the contes de fées suffered a decline in fashionability in the 1750s, they began to rely on hybridization with Oriental and Medieval fantasies.

The thirteen stories collected in this volume may be replete with fays, ogres, magic swords and other motifs, but they also revolve around a series of moral dilemmas, provided with fanciful magically-aided resolutions, although reflecting real philosophical debates of the times.

Among the philosophers and free thinkers who made a contribution to the genre and are included in this volume are the renowned Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Swedish diplomat Count Carl Gustaf Tessin, Charles Duclos and François-Augustin de Paradis de Moncrif, two members of the French Academy, and the exiled defrocked nun Marianne-Agnès Falques, who assisted William Beckford on Vathek.

Introduction and Notes by Brian Stableford
Catherine Durand:
The Fay Lubantine
The Prodigy of Amour
The Origin of the Fays
Louise Cavelier: The Prince of Aquamarines
Stories attributed to Mademoiselle de Lubert:
Princess Roseate and Prince Celadon
Prince Typhon and Princess Sensible
Cornichon and Toupette
Charles Antoine Coypel: Aglaé or Nabotine
Charles Pinot Duclos: Acajou and Zirphile
Carl Gustaf Tessin: Faunillane; or. The Yellow Child
Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Queen Fantasque
François-Augustin de Paradis de Moncrif: The Gifts of the Fays; or, The Power of Education
Marianne-Agnès Falques: Durboulour; or, The Benevolent Lioness

Cover by Mike Hoffman

Published by Black Coat Press in January 2019
ISBN: 978-1-61227-821-6

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