is a French folktale. The best known version
appeared in 1697. The story line has various
permutations but the basic plot always includes a
blue-bearded, wife-killing nobleman. Sometimes
marries a girl who brings an end to his murderous
ways and other times he is himself murdered.
talented artists have illustrated Bluebeard,
including W. Heath Robinson, Walter Crane, R.
Heighway, John Austen, Harry Clarke, and Edmund