The Uses of Enchantment by Bruno Bettelheim

The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales is a 1976 book by Bruno Bettelheim, in which the author analyzes fairy tales in terms of Freudian psychoanalysis. The book has been a subject of controversy regarding possible plagiarism. A 1991 article in the Journal of American Folklore presented a case that Bettelheim had engaged in plagiarism primarily from Julius Heuscher's A Psychiatric Study of Myths and Fairy Tales: Their Origin, Meaning, and Usefulness (1963).

The 447th greatest nonfiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - The New York Public Library's Books of the Century (New York Public Library)