Jack Zipes


Angela Carter published two fairy tales for children in 1970: Miss Z, the Dark Young Lady and The Donkey Prince. Both stories have been neglected by critics, and yet they are highly significant because they laid the groundwork for Carter’s future work and reveal some of her basic concepts with regard to the revisionist fairy-tale tradition. This essay summarizes and analyzes these tales in light of “cross writing” in children’s literature and Carter’s tendency to cross boundaries in her own writing.