Maria Tatar

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Maria Tatar
Born 1945 (age 71–72) [1]
Residence Cambridge, Massachusetts
Nationality USA
Alma mater Denison University (B.A., 1967) [2]
Princeton University (Ph.D., 1971)
Occupation professor, author, academic
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]

Maria Tatar (born 1945) 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]

Early life and education[edit]

Maria Tatar was born in Hungary and her family immigrated to the United States in the 1950s when she was a child.[6]

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][7]


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

Personal life[edit]

She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.



  1. ^ Cf. Library of Congress author catalog entry for Maria Tatar
  2. ^ "Spellbound: Fairy tale expert Maria Tatar ’67 on how some of the world’s oldest stories help us navigate modern life", Denison Magazine, Denison University, Spring 2014 issue
  3. ^ a b c d Craig Lambert (November–December 2007). "The Horror and Beauty". Harvard Magazine. 
  4. ^ AS. Byatt (2009-10-12). "Love in fairytales". Guardian. 
  5. ^ a b Beth Potier (2003-04-10). "Once Upon a Time ...:". Harvard University Gazette. 
  6. ^ Sutherland, Amy, "Maria Tatar: Professor and fairy-tale expert", The Boston Globe, October 27, 2012
  7. ^ Cantrell, Cindy (2009-04-27). "In praise of bedtime stories". Boston Globe. 
  8. ^ AS. Byatt (2009-11-07). "Enchanted Hunters: The Power of Stories in Childhood by Maria Tatar". Guardian. 

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