There was once a poor Miller who had a beautiful daughter, and one day, having to go to speak with the King, he said, in order to make himself appear of consequence, that he had a daughter who could spin … Read more
Out in the woods stood a nice little Fir Tree. The place he had was a very good one: the sun shone on him: as to fresh air, there was enough of that, and round him grew many large-sized comrades, … Read more
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
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
The Pied Piper of Hamelin is a folk tale, among others written down by the Brothers Grimm in their collection of fairy tales.
It tells about a disaster in the town of Hamelin, Germany, that supposedly occurred on June 26, … Read more
Andersen was born in Odense, Denmark, on the April 2, 1805. He was the son of a sickly young shoemaker of twenty-two and his several years older wife. The whole family lived and slept in one little room.
Hans Christian … Read more
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
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