The Red Shoes

There was once a little girl who was very pretty and delicate, but in summer she was forced to run about with bare feet, she was so poor, and in winter wear very large wooden shoes, which made her little   … Read more

Robert Browning

Robert Browning (7th May, 1812 – 12th December, 1889) was an English poet and playwright.

He was born in Camberwell, Surrey, the only son of Robert and Sarah Wiedemann Browning. His father worked as a well-paid bank clerk and so   … Read more

Fairy Tales

A fairy tale is a story, usually told to children, concerning the adventures of mythical characters such as: fairies, goblins, elves, trolls, giants and others. These stories often involve princes and princesses and normally have a happy ending.  The fairy   … Read more

About Rumpelstiltskin

Rumpelstiltskin is the title character of an 1857 fairy tale (called Rumpelstilzchen in the original German) by the Grimm Brothers.

In return for his life-saving services, a beautiful maiden, promises a strange dwarf her first born child. When her first   … 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 Brothers Grimm

The Brothers Grimm (Gebrüder Grimm), Jacob (1785-1863) and Wilhelm (1786-1859), were born in Hanau, near Frankfurt, in the German state of Hesse.

Throughout their lives they remained close friends. They were educated at the Friedrichsgymnasium in Kassel and later both   … Read more

Andrew Lang

Andrew Lang (March 31, 1844 – July 20, 1912) was a prolific Scots poet, novelist, and literary critic but is best known as a collector of folk and fairy tales.

He was educated at the Edinburgh Academy, St Andrews University   … Read more

The Shoes of Fortune

I. A BEGINNING

Every author has some peculiarity in his descriptions or in his style of writing. Those who do not like him, magnify it, shrug up their shoulders, and exclaim–there he is again! I, for my part, know very   … Read more

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

Christmas Every Day

The little girl came into her papa’s study, as she always did Saturday morning before breakfast, and asked for a story. He tried to beg off that morning, for he was very busy, but she would not let him. So   … Read more

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