I love fairy tales and have a large collection of them. I collect them in both complete works of by the author and also in the children illustrated book form. So far I have the complete works of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimms (the Grimms Brothers), Hans Christen Andersen, and Charles Perrault. I also have all twelve of Andrew Lang's colored fairy books (in order, Blue, Red, Green, Yellow, Pink, Gray, Violet, Crimson, Brown, Orange, Olive, and Lilac). I also have Several collections of different authors all mixed up. Many of the tales in those books are not in the others.
I am looking for copies of complete works by the following authors: Madame Beaumont (she did Beauty and the Beast), the Countess d'Aulnoy (The White Cat, The Blue Bird), a COMPLETE unabridged copy of the Arabian Nights and Asbjørnsen & Moe (East of the Sun, West of the Moon, Billy Goats Gruff). If you know where I can find them PLEASE tell me.
I have collected a few of my very most favorite
fairy tales and put them up online for others to read and enjoy. Some are
rather well known and others not. I tracked down the most compete
and original versions of each one that I could find. I hope you enjoy reading
them as much as I do.
following are brief summaries of the above tales.
by Madame Beaumont
Unlike many of my tales here this is a rather well know one. Daughter asks father to bring her a rose back. The only one he could find was in the garden of a castle belonging to a beast who demands that he bring Beauty to live with him for payment.
This pretty tale by the Grimm's brothers is an old favorite of mine. A spoiled and vain princess make fun of and turns down every offer for her hand. The frustrated King declares that the next man who come to the castle will marry her. And who should come but a beggar. They are married and the princess learns a few lessons and gets a surprise in the end.
of the Sun, West of the Moon
Another one of my extreme favorite tales but still not all that well know. It's a cross between Beauty and the Beast and the Psyche and Eros tale from Greek mythology. Very Pretty.
A Pretty tale if a bit on the weird side, King's wife dies after making the king swear to marry again but only it the woman is a beautiful as she. King finds that no one but his daughter matches her beauty, to keep from having to marry her father the Princess asks for some impossible gifts and the takes off on her own with them. Finds true love and the king see the error of his ways.
Twelve Dancing Princesses
An unusual tale by the Grimms brothers about what happens if you act nice for being nice and act nice in order to get something.
The well know tell about the little girl with the red hood. There are really two version of this, the Grimm's one with the happy ending that everyone knows best (where she is called Little Red cap) and Perrault's version, in which she just gets, eaten, I obviously have the Grimm's version here.
Classic tale about a spoiled princess who learns the vale of friendship, and of keeping her word.
Lost siblings find a house of gingerbread in the woods. Meet a witch. you all know the tale already, just go read it again.
Princess and the Pea
White, Rose Red
Two sisters learn meet up with a dwarf, and a prince in disguise. Very pretty tail about the value of helping others.
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