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Sleeping Beauties:
Sleeping Beauty and Snow White Tales From Around the World

Sleeping Beauties: Sleeping Beauty and Snow White Tales From Around the World


Sleeping Beauty and Snow White are two of the most popular fairy tales of all time and have intrigued readers for centuries.  Both have been retold continuously in modern times in novels, poetry, plays, movies and more.  Both have also been criticized for their apparently passive and occasionally foolish heroines.  Despite first impressions, the stories and their many variants are filled with female characters, good and evil, active and passive.  Whatever your view of either tale, it is fascinating to study their histories and explore why they have resonated with our ancestors as well as our own generations. 

In all the tales, whether the sleep is enchanted with a time limit or intended to be a permanent death, it is ultimately overcome, sometimes through accidental means and other times through heroic methods.  With motivations ranging from petty offenses to overwhelming bouts of jealousy, the tales also present interesting villains.

Offering over seventy stories, this collection compiles several variants of Sleeping Beauty and Snow White tales from around the world, some dating back to Greek myths and others to medieval times.  Many of the tales are new translations, a few appearing for the first time in English.  At times the stories are obviously related to each other and at other times the relationship is tenuous.  Some additional stories with sleeping heroines, as well as heroes, are also presented although they are not strictly classified as Sleeping Beauty or Snow White tales. 

Whether you are a student of folklore or an armchair enthusiast, this anthology offers a diverse array of tales with a unifying theme that both entertains and educates, all gathered for the first time in one helpful collection.

Publication Date: Sep 2010
ISBN/EAN13: 1453744614 / 9781453744611
List Price: $34.99 USD
Page Count: 434
Binding Type: US Trade Paper
Trim Size: 6" x 9"
Language: English
Color: Black and White
Related Categories: Fiction / Fairy Tales

Table of Contents

Introductory Essays

Tales of Sleeping Beauties
by Heidi Anne Heiner

Who’s the Fairest?: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
by Heidi Anne Heiner

Notes About This Edition

Sleeping Beauty Tales

1.  Brunhild  Iceland

2.  Troylus and Zellandine and Other Medieval Sleeping Beauties France

3.  Sun, Moon, and Talia  Italy

4.  Sun, Pearl, and Anna  Italy

5.  The Son of a King  Italy

6.  Sleeping Beauty in the Wood  France

7.  Little Briar-rose  Germany

8.  The Glass Coffin  Germany

9.  The Enchanted Sleep  Austria

10. The Story of the Prince in Love  Egypt

11. The Petrified Mansion  India

Snow White Tales

12. Little Snow White  Germany

13. Richilda  Germany

14. The Lay of Eliduc  France

15. The Mirror  France

16. The Stepmother  France

17. The Young Slave  Italy

18. The Crystal Casket  Italy

19. A Tuscan Snow-White and the Dwarfs  Italy

20. Maria, the Evil Stepmother, and the Seven Robbers  Italy

21. The Beautiful Anna  Italy

22. Maruzzedda  Italy

23. Child Margarita  Italy

24. The Three Sisters  Italy

25. The Innkeeper  Italy

26. Marietta and the Witch, Her Stepmother  Greece

27. Maroula and the Mother of Erotas  Greece

28. Rodia  Greece

29. Snow White  Albania

30. Fatimé  Albania

31. The Magic Needle  Turkey

32. Little Snow-white (Sílata)  Turkey

33. Little Snow-white (Ulaghátsh) Turkey

34. The Beautiful Stepdaughter  Spain

35. The Vain Queen  Portugal

36. The Maiden With the Rose on Her Forehead  Portugal

37. The Innkeeper  Portugal

38. Gold-Tree and Silver-Tree  Ireland

39. The Story of Vilfrídr Fairer-than-Vala  Iceland

40. The World’s Beautiful Woman  Hungary

41. The Magic Mirror  Romania

42. The Tale of the Dead Tsarevna and the Seven Heroes  Russia

43. The Woman and the Sun  Morocco

44. Thizourith Imellah  Algeria

45. Udea and Her Seven Brothers  Libya

46. The Beautiful Daughter  West Africa

47. The Favored Daughter  Gabon

48. Ngana Fenda Maria  Angola

49. The Unnatural Mother and the Girl With a Star on Her  
      Forehead  Mozambique

50. Snowwhite  Europe

51. Cymbeline  England

52. King Peacock  United States

More Sleeping Beauties

Notes About the Following Tales

53. The Sleep of Endymion  Greece

54. Endymion  Greece

55. Chione  Greece

56. Princess Zoza Restores Prince Taddeo to Life  Italy

57. The Sleeping Prince; or, The Knife, the Cord, and the Stone  Greece

58. Chundun Rajah  India

59. Sodewa Bai  India

60. Little Surya Bai  India

61. Ethna the Bride  Ireland

62. The King of Erin and the Queen of the Lonesome Island 

63. The Brown Bear of the Green Glen  Scotland

64. An Old King and His Three Sons in England  Wales

65. The Skilful Huntsman  Germany

66. The Water of Life  Germany

67. Niels and the Giants  Denmark

68. The Accursed Garden  Austria

69. The Winged Hero  Bukovina (Ukraine and Romania)

70. The Princess and the Forester’s Son  Czech Republic

71. The Demon Is At Last Conquered By the King’s Son  India

Additional Materials

72. The Lai of Eliduc and the Märchen of Little Snow White
      by Alfred Nutt

73. The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood
      by Anne Thackeray Ritchie

74. The Story of the Duchess of Cicogne and of Monsieur de
      by Anatole France

75. Sleeping Beauty
      by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch

76. The Sleeping Beauty
      by C. S. Evans


Further Reading


Country Index


About the Author

Heidi Anne Heiner is the creator and keeper of one of the world's top folklore websites, the SurLaLune Fairy Tale Pages at SurLaLuneFairyTales.com. On the internet since 1998, the site shares over 1,500 fairy tale illustrations from the Golden Age of illustration and over a thousand full-text fairy tales from around the world. Forty-nine popular fairy tales are annotated with links to similar tales from numerous cultures as well as information on modern interpretations in books, films, music, and theatre. The site also features a regular blog about fairy tales and folklore. An accredited librarian and researcher, Heidi is also a columnist with Faerie Magazine.



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