Re: [mythsoc] Illustrated Edition of Fouque's "The Magic Ring"
- This thread reminded me an interesting discussion at the St. Paul Mythcon where i first learned that the DOCTOR DOLITTLE books had been "scrubbed" in the 1950s/60s. Mostly they just took out all the pictures of the African prince who becomes the Doctor's companion, but they also removed a reference to Charles Darwin.I'm more for leaving texts intact, even when it restricts the audience. For example, I've just been listening to Dante's PARADISE on audiobook, and there are some pretty appalling things in there -- but to take them out would distort the true picture that Dante could indeed, as Tolkien said, be petty and spiteful. People who are offended by, well, blatantly offensive passages usually learn either to box off what they read (pretty much the only way anyone can now read "The Prioress's Tale", I shd think) or develop a good radar that steers them away from works that would only upset them or tells them when to put the book down and walk away.Besides which, shouldn't a Moor's appearance reflect her southern origin?--John R.On Jan 29, 2010, at 7:44 AM, Doug Kane wrote:
- And of course George MacDonald's brief answer to the question "What is a fairy-tale?" was "Read 'Undine'" (in "The Fantastic Imagination," I believe).