Madame d’Aulnoy and The Island of Happiness (Announcement)

Okay fairy tale admirers: in case you missed it, The Guardian Books published a piece yesterday (December 21st) highlighting the 17th-century French writer Madame d'Aulnoy, an upcoming release of a collection of her fairy tales—The Island of Happiness—, and one tale that will "be published in English for the first time in more than 300 … Continue reading Madame d’Aulnoy and The Island of Happiness (Announcement)

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Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales: The Sole

"The fishes had for a long time been discontented because no order prevailed in their kingdom." A pike, gudgeon, perch, carp, sole, and "the rest" of the fish come together in support of a monarchial government in this fairy tale, and we learn why the sole looks the way it does. The story lays out … Continue reading Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales: The Sole

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Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales: The Fox and the Horse

"A peasant had a faithful horse which had grown old and could do no more work, so his master would no longer give him anything to eat and said, 'I can certainly make no more use of you, but still I mean well by you; if you prove yourself still strong enough to bring me … Continue reading Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales: The Fox and the Horse

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Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales: How Mrs. Fox Married Again

"There was once an old fox with nine tails, who wished to put his wife's affection to proof." This tale, [which I first thought was] separated into two sections, is not the most spectacular tale in the Grimm collection, but the rhyming sequences at least make parts of it fun to read. We begin with … Continue reading Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales: How Mrs. Fox Married Again