‘The Fairies Return, Or New Tales for Old,’ compiled by Peter Davies and ‘From the Forest’ by Sara Maitland
The fairy tales collected by the Brothers Grimm are deceptively simple: little character development, plots full of holes, dubious moral stances. Like the red-as-blood apple offered to Snow White, these primal plots have long tempted contemporary writers to make their own mark. The latest, “The Fairies Return” is a reissue of a 1934 anthology of “British, literary, and for the most part, playfully satiric” fairy tales for adults. .