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Blue-bearded Lover by Joyce Carol Oates

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A new angle on Charles Perrault’s well-known “Bluebeard. In Oates’ version , this tale of a homicidal husband is a first-person narrative by the latest of Bluebeard’s wives. Oates writes “In my variant of this fairy tale, the young, beautiful, naïve bride is really not naïve, she is calculating and canny.

“Blue-bearded Lover” by Joyce Carol Oates. From The Assignation by Joyce Carol Oates. Copyright © 1988


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