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Ruth B. Bottigheimer

Where did Cinderella come from? Puss in Boots? Rapunzel? The origins of fairy tales are looked at in a new way in these highly engaging pages. Conventional wisdom holds that fairy tales originated in the oral traditions of peasants and were recorded for posterity by the Brothers Grimm during the nineteenth century. Ruth B. Bottigheimer overturns this view in a lively account of the origins of these well-loved stories. Charles Perrault created Cinderella and her fairy godmother, but no countrywoman whispered this tale into Perrault’s ear. Instead, his Cinderella appeared only after he had edited it from the book of often amoral tales published by Giambattista Basile in Naples. Distinguishing fairy tales from folktales and showing the influence of the medieval romance on them, Bottigheimer documents how fairy tales originated as urban writing for urban readers and listeners. Working backward from the Grimms to the earliest known sixteenth-century fairy tales of the Italian Renaissance, Bottigheimer argues for a book-based history of fairy tales. The first new approach to fairy tale history in decades, this book answers questions about where fairy tales came from and how they spread, illuminating a narrative process long veiled by surmise and assumption.

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The Brothers Grimm

Fairy Tales by The Brothers Grimm includes the most famous classic fairy tale stories such as Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, Tom Thumb, and Rapunzel. With over 60 of the very BEST classic fairy tales by the Grimms' brothers, this digital edition is beautifully formatted with over 20 illustrations and an active Table of Contents that goes directly to each story. Mermaids Classics, an imprint of Mermaids Publishing brings the very best of ancient classic literature from traditional authors to a modern era of digital reading by producing high quality books in ebook format.

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Hans Christian Andersen,H. B. Paull

The collection consists of 20 stories by Hans Christian Andersen, including such favorites as The Snow Queen, The Little Mermaid, The Ugly Duckling, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, The Emperor's New Clothes, Thumbelina, The Princess and the Pea. This edition features illustrations by Arthur Rackham, a famous artist from the Golden Age of book illustration, who created fascinating images of the world of fairies, elves, goblins, dragons, and other fantastic creatures.

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K. D. Anderson

Okay I confess. I did it. I brought shame on all women kind. But I couldn’t help myself. I had to know what was going on. So after calling the numbers off the list I accidently found in his wallet, had any one of you been concerned enough to admit the truth, maybe I wouldn’t have wasted so many years of my life. And maybe I would have found the courage to leave. In fact, maybe some of you remember me. I called your home, work or cell; whichever number fell out of his pants pocket. And when you answered, I was always very polite in my approach. So, I’m guessing it caught you off guard when I came right out and asked, “Do you know my man?” I mean seriously, would it have been so hard to confess the truth? “Yes I’m sleeping with your man?” But instead, I, Stefanie Mason, continued to believe that I had found the man of my dreams; the man with whom I would share the rest of my life and raise a family. I knew Nicholas Washington wasn’t perfect. And as all fairytales of today would dictate, he was handsome, healthy, employed and drug-free and never hesitated to profess his undying love for me. So, through the good times and bad, thick and thin and the many many ups and downs, I knew I had found my Prince Charming. . . . . .that is until I met my Knight in Shining Armor.

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Srimati Shanti Mataji

"Do you know why we are here-I don't mean here where we are sitting or standing, but here on this planet? We've come for joy! We jumped in for joy, not to learn lessons, not to struggle and find life hard, not to pay off our karma. No, no. For joy." So begins one of Srimati Shanti Mataji's commentaries on a classic fairy tale. Fairy tales, Mataji believes, were written and circulated by mystics who understood the philosophy of Absolute Oneness (Advaita Vedanta), who understood our divine origin and inevitable destiny, and who understood the spiritual path to remembrance. In times past, such tales provided a way to convey in a concealed manner-much like the parables of Jesus the Christ-the highest truths. Children hearing a fairy tale would be enchanted at the story level. Thus, they would remember it and, in turn, tell it to their children. In this way, fairy tales passed down from generation to generation. All the stories presented in this book preserve mystical truths and have much to offer each of us in our personal journey to enlightenment. Every character in every fairy tale represents some characteristic of ourselves, either a part of us now, a part that we have transcended, or a part yet to be realized. "Sleeping Beauty," "Snow White," "King Thrushbeard," and "Rapunzel" come from Grimm's Fairy Tales. The Wizard of Oz-although, strictly speaking, not a fairy tale-contains profound spiritual symbolism. Other stories in this collection come from different parts of Western Europe, and two derive from Persia. As revealed in the wisdom of Mataji's commentaries, fairy tales are not just for children but are for beings of all ages. She reveals how they charmingly teach the eternal truths of Oneness and the inseparability of Soul and God, the Absolute Reality.

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Ruth B. Bottigheimer

Where did Cinderella come from? Puss in Boots? Rapunzel? The origins of fairy tales are looked at in a new way in these highly engaging pages. Conventional wisdom holds that fairy tales originated in the oral traditions of peasants and were recorded for posterity by the Brothers Grimm during the nineteenth century. Ruth B. Bottigheimer overturns this view in a lively account of the origins of these well-loved stories. Charles Perrault created Cinderella and her fairy godmother, but no countrywoman whispered this tale into Perrault’s ear. Instead, his Cinderella appeared only after he had edited it from the book of often amoral tales published by Giambattista Basile in Naples. Distinguishing fairy tales from folktales and showing the influence of the medieval romance on them, Bottigheimer documents how fairy tales originated as urban writing for urban readers and listeners. Working backward from the Grimms to the earliest known sixteenth-century fairy tales of the Italian Renaissance, Bottigheimer argues for a book-based history of fairy tales. The first new approach to fairy tale history in decades, this book answers questions about where fairy tales came from and how they spread, illuminating a narrative process long veiled by surmise and assumption.

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The Brothers Grimm

Children's and Household Tales (German: Kinder- und Hausmärchen) is a collection of German fairy tales first published in 1812 by the Grimm brothers, Jacob andWilhelm. The collection is commonly known in English as Grimm's Fairy Tales. The first volume of the first edition was published in 1812, containing 86 stories; the second volume of 70 stories followed in 1815. For the second edition, two volumes were issued in 1819 and a third in 1822, totalling 170 tales. The third edition appeared in 1837; fourth edition, 1840; fifth edition, 1843; sixth edition, 1850; seventh edition, 1857. Stories were added, and also subtracted, from one edition to the next, until the seventh held 211 tales. All editions were extensively illustrated, first by Philipp Grot Johann and, after his death in 1892, by German illustrator Robert Leinweber. The first volumes were much criticized because, although they were called "Children's Tales", they were not regarded as suitable for children, both for the scholarly information included and the subject matter. Many changes through the editions – such as turning the wicked mother of the first edition in Snow White and Hansel and Gretel (shown in original Grimm stories as Hänsel and Grethel) to a stepmother, were probably made with an eye to such suitability. They removed sexual references—such as Rapunzel's innocently asking why her dress was getting tight around her belly, and thus naïvely revealing to her stepmother her pregnancy and the prince's visits—but, in many respects, violence, particularly when punishing villains, was increased. In 1825, the Brothers published their Kleine Ausgabe or "small edition", a selection of 50 tales designed for child readers. This children's version went through ten editions between 1825 and 1858.

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Kris Ripper

Henry Hofstadter doesn’t date. When he needs to get laid, he drives out of town, does the deed, and goes home. Maybe ten years ago he’d’ve mocked a guy who preferred canine company to another man’s, but these days his mutt Coco is his best friend and the highlight of his week is hanging out with his nephew. He doesn’t believe in happy endings. And no fairy tale ever began Once upon a time, an arrogant jackass blew me in the storeroom of a lousy club. Math McKinney’s got a lot on his mind. He used to be a charming guy with a little bit of substance; these days he feels more like the guy still standing when everything around him is a smoking ruin. His ex is out of the country for the next year, his daughter thinks she’s his son, and his co-chair on the Committee for the Preservation of Community apparently hates him for, let’s be clear, no apparent reason. (Because that BJ was magnificent. MAGNIFICENT.) Neither of them is looking for a boyfriend. Hell, neither of them is even looking for a one night stand. Yet somehow they keep ending up together and dammed if it doesn’t seem like that’s a sign. Except…fairy tales are for children. Aren’t they?

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Charles River Charles River Editors

*Includes pictures*Explains how the genre was formed and theories regarding real life origins of popular fairy tales*Includes online resources and a bibliography for further readingDense forests, evil stepmother, beautiful girl, dwarfs in mines, a prince and, eventually, poisoning (in that order). Sound familiar? Most will recognize the basic plot of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, one of the most popular fairy tales in history. Even if the passing of time (and Disney) embellished it with a thousand details, in particular the happy ending, this and other tales reflect the Sitz im Leben or setting in life in which fairy tales emerged. The stories, which were transmitted orally during the Middle Ages, are like fogged windows to the way of life, the kind of people and social conditions of the regions where they took their final shape. In some instances, such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, they may be echoing historical facts. And the poisoned apple? Sander thinks that the lethal fruit was added later, during the stage of oral transmission, in remembrance of a man who really existed in Germany and was arrested for giving poisoned apples to children because he thought they were stealing from him.For centuries, beautifully illustrated fairy tale volumes have rested innocently on kids� night tables around the world, long ago relegated to the dubious honor of being branded as "children's literature." But every story is a file packed with information, and Cinderella, Snow White, Puss in Boots and Bluebeard have always intimated that perhaps they have more to tell besides "beautiful" stories, the same ones that animated the minds of several generations of children. Whether or not they had peaceful dreams is another matter, because even in their current versions, sterilized and with their original contents doctored, classic fairy tales are far from innocent stories for five year old children. It was only later, with the arrival of illustrators and then cinema, that they began to become the virtually exclusive domain of underage readers.Like in the secret room where Bluebeard kept his dead wives� bodies, or the enchanted forest one should not venture into, fairy tales conceal not only historical events and the depiction of the hard lives of people in the Middle Ages, but according to psychoanalysts, they are also a mirror of truth where people's desires, fears, illicit appetites and flaws are encoded. Snow White's stepmother had a good reason to be so upset when the mirror finally told her who she really was. This classic moment in literature is an excellent metaphor of what fairy tales are as a genre. Until recently they were still relegated to the book shelves of the youngsters; lately they have been studied seriously by scholars of the most prestigious universities in the world, successfully exploited by the entertainment industry, and even banned in some schools.Fairy Tales: The Origins, History, and Interpretations of the World's Most Famous Fairy Tales is an invitation to peek into the history of fairy tales and see humanity reflected in them. The image they throw back may not always be the most satisfactory, but for better or worse, it�ll be the one societies have to face. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about the history of fairy tales like never before.

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John Thackray Bunce

The history and hidden meaning of the world's greatest fairy tales. An excellent resource for anyone interested in children's literature or world folklore. Newly designed and typeset in a modern 6-by-9-inch format by Waking Lion Press.