May 24, 2012

EC Fairy Tale Project

For the last two weeks, I've been finding and posting five classic fairy tales, as part of the rather ambitiously titled "EC Fairy Tale Project." The idea is that I will find early versions of best-known Western fairy tales and post them, with a few comments and lots of illustrations. I hope to add at least five more tales to these first ones.

I'm doing it so people who stop by Enchanted Conversation can check out well-known fairy tales without having to search somewhere else. Plus, having taught fairy tales to college students for years, I've collected lots of little bits of information on them. I try to promote fairy tales however I can.

Image from a French calendar/advertisment

The first five were actually back-dated and posted, because I wasn't quite ready to do a debut post, but liked the idea of getting the posts out when they were done. To my delight, they received a few comments before they were official.

The first five are officially posted today. I hope people will read them, think about them, and engage in some "enchanted conversation" in the comments section.

The tales, so far:

"Beauty and the Beast"
"Sun, Moon, and Talia"
"Hansel and Gretel"
"Snow White"

Kate Wolford
Editor, Enchanted Conversation: A Fairy Tale Magazine


  1. I think this is a great idea - some of the websites I visit to find 'original' stories have long lists of different versions, so its wonderful that you, with your background, have compiled some of the earliest versions in a more authoritative way. (You're like a guide!)
    I've read all the ones you've posted so far and I'm amazed at how much more depth there is to them compared to the takes on them we're probably more familiar with ( Disney.) I'm particularly taken with Sun, Moon & Talia - there's so many aspects there that can be revisited and questioned, and I hope to do so myself in the future.
    Thank you for putting this together!

  2. This painting is one of my favorite pieces of artwork I have seen on this site. It perfectly captures the story of “Cinderella” in such a way that even a person who is not a life long fan of fairy tales can quickly tell what the art is about. Cinderella herself is beautifully drawn and the details in the background are fantastic. Obviously the glass slipper is the give away, but there is more to it. The color of the sky is just a shade lighter than black, which can be seen as the time being just before midnight. I also thought it was a good idea to add what could be the prince running out to catch her, only to be left with that famous slipper.

    -Thomas L