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by BRUNO BETTELHEIM 328 pages. Knopf. $12.50.

Once, in a certain country, there lived a great sage named Bruno Bettelheim. Rich in experience, wise beyond his 72 years, Dr. Bettelheim had survived the concentration camps of Dachau and Buchenwald to become the most celebrated child psychologist of his time. He had written of autism in infants and prejudice in adults, of social change and mental unbalance, and each book had become a classic. Now he turned his searching intelligence upon a rich and neglected topic: the fairy tale.

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