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Maria Magdalene Tatar (born May 13, 1945)[1] is an American academic whose expertise lies in children's literature, German literature, and folklore.[4][5] She is the John L. Loeb Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures, and Chair of the Committee on Degrees in Folklore and Mythology at Harvard University.[5]

Maria Tatar
Born 1945 (age 72–73)
Pressath, Germany[1]
Residence Cambridge, Massachusetts
Nationality American
Citizenship US (naturalized 1956)[1]
Alma mater Denison University (B.A., 1967)[2]
Princeton University (Ph.D., 1971)
Occupation Academic, writer
Known for Books on mythology and folklore
Home town Highland Park, Illinois
Spouse(s) Stephen A. Schuker (divorced 1989)
Children Lauren Schuker (daughter)
Daniel Schuker (son)[3]
Louis-Léopold Boilly's And the Ogre Ate Him Up!, used in Maria Tatar's Enchanted Hunters: The Power of Stories in Childhood



Early life and educationEdit

Maria Tatar was born in Pressath, Germany.[1] Her family emigrated from Hungary to the United States in the 1950s when she was a child.[7]

She grew up in Highland Park, Illinois and graduated from Highland Park High School in 1963.[3]

Tatar earned an undergraduate degree from Denison University and a doctoral degree from Princeton University.[3][8]


In 1971, after finishing her doctorate at Princeton University, Tatar joined the faculty of Harvard University. She received tenure in 1978.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Selected worksEdit


  1. ^ a b c d "Notice de personne: Tatar, Maria (1945–....)". Catalogue. National Library of France ( Retrieved 2017-05-11.
  2. ^ "Spellbound: Fairy tale expert Maria Tatar '67 on how some of the world's oldest stories help us navigate modern life" Archived 2014-05-02 at the Wayback Machine.. Denison Magazine. Denison University. Spring 2014.[dead link]
  3. ^ a b c d Craig Lambert (November–December 2007). "The Horror and Beauty". Harvard Magazine. 
  4. ^ A. S. Byatt (October 12, 2009). "Love in fairytales". The Guardian. 
  5. ^ a b Beth Potier (April 10, 2003). "Once Upon a Time ..." Harvard University Gazette. 
  6. ^ "Reading Them To Sleep, Storytelling and The Invention of Bedtime Reading". pp. 60–61. Retrieved May 15, 2017. 
  7. ^ Amy Sutherland (October 27, 2012). "Maria Tatar: Professor and fairy-tale expert". The Boston Globe.
  8. ^ Cindy Cantrell (April 27, 2009). "In praise of bedtime stories". The Boston Globe. 
  9. ^ A. S. Byatt (November 7, 2009). "Enchanted Hunters: The Power of Stories in Childhood by Maria Tatar". The Guardian. 

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