The Pied Piper

A VERY long time ago the town of Hamelin in Germany was invaded by bands of rats, the like of which had never been seen before nor will ever be again. 

They were great black creatures that ran boldly in   … Read more

Mother Goose

In literature, Mother Goose (French: Ma Mère l’Oye) is the archtypical countrywoman, the teller of fairy tales and nursery rhymes.

No specific writer has ever been identified with the name, the first known mention of which appears in an aside   … Read more

The Pumpkin Pirates

Once upon a time, one Lucian the Greek was filled with a desire to see strange countries, and especially to discover whether there was any opposite shore to the ocean by which he lived.

So having purchased a vessel, he   … Read more

Fairy Tales; Their Origin And Meaning

Fairy Tales; Their Origin And Meaning

With Some Account Of Dwellers In Fairyland

by

John Thackray Bunce

London

CONTENTS

Chapter 1: Origin Of Fairy Tales

Chapter 2: Kindred Tales From Divers Lands

Chapter 3: Dwellers In Fairyland : Stories From   … Read more

The Ears Of Wheat

Ages upon ages ago, says the German grandmother, when angels used to wander on earth, the ground was more fruitful than it is now. Then the stalks of wheat bore not fifty or sixty fold, but four times five hundred   … Read more

Giambattista Basile

Giambattista Basile (died circa 1637) was the Conte di Torrone, a soldier and government official, who is known for publishing a collection of  fairy tales, titled Lo cunto de li cunti (Neapolitan dialect for The Story of Stories), or Il   … Read more

About Rapunzel

Rapunzel is a traditional fairy tale of the Brothers Grimm, an allegory of a young girl’s sexual awakening that is often told to children, in spite of its barely covert eroticism.

An influence for Grimm’s Rapunzel was Petrosinella, written by   … Read more

About Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood is a folktale that has changed much in its history. It may be a children’s story, but it contains within it themes of sexual intercourse, violence and even cannibalism. The tale makes the clearest contrast between   … Read more

Rapunzel

There were once a man and a woman who had long in in vain wished for a child. At length the woman hoped that God was about to grant her desire. These people had a little window at the back   … Read more

Chapter 1: Origin Of Fairy Tales

We are going into Fairy Land for a little while, to see what we can find there to amuse and instruct us this Christmas time. Does anybody know the way? There are no maps or guidebooks, and the places we   … Read more

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