Fairy tales (Märchen) are fictional stories which contain elements of magic or the supernatural. Their usual theme is the triumph over difficulty of the one least likely to succeed. Characters are stylized.
Includes introduction, interpretations, bibliographies, and comparisons of different versions, prepared by Kay E. Vandergrift, Rutgers University.
Excerpt from an aesthetic realism seminar, with a discussion of the Madame Leprince De Beaumont story.
Web resources and bibliography devoted to fairy tales in the written tradition.
Large collection of online transcriptions of the most common fairy tales.
Outline of the classical work "Morphology of the Folktale."
A portal to the realm of fairy tale and folklore studies featuring annotated fairy tales, illustrations, and a forum.
University of Rochester-sponsored project to document various versions of the Cinderella story throughout history, explore origins of the fairy tale, and offer resources to educators.
By Robert Browning (1888), illustrated by Kate Greenaway; e-text at Indiana University Libraries.
Four fairy tales by Arthur Quiller-Couch (1910); e-text at Bartleby.
By Edward Clodd (1898), at sacred-texts.com
Fairy Tales for Sleepy Children. All the Classic Fairy Tales available online or as free eBooks. Illustrations by Arthur Rackham, Beatrix Potter, Felix Lorioux, Gustave Dore, Walter Crane and others.
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