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Introduction to Fairy Tales and Folklore

Here is an assortment of questions, essays, guides, links, and even a short story that will hopefully enlighten and inspire, or at least help you along the way.

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions
A collection of frequently asked questions and answers I receive from visitors through e-mail. Please read these before sending your questions to me.

SurLaLune frequently receives inquiries about specific topics in connection with fairy tales. The following pages list the most frequently recommended sources for researching the topics by theme as well as links to archived discussions on the SurLaLune Discussion Board.

FAQ: Children and Fairy Tales

FAQ: Disney and Fairy Tales

FAQ: Women and Fairy Tales

FAQ: Graduate Studies Programs

What Is a Fairy Tale?
The neverending search for a coherent answer to this elusive question.

The Quest for the Earliest Fairy Tales:
Searching for the Earliest Versions of European Fairy Tales with Commentary on English Translations

After numerous questions and discussions, this article aims to guide readers through the history and some English translations of European fairy tales.

Fairy Tale Timeline
An interesting walk through the history of the literary fairy tale in a timeline format.

Fairy Tale Quotations
A collection of some of my favorite quotations about fairy tales.

The Story of the Fairy Tale by Carl Ewald
An intriguing short story by Carl Ewald that is great for the classroom.

Fairy Tales by G. K. Chesterton
An essay about fairy tales by Chesterton from his book, All Things Considered.

Guide for Teachers
A guide to using this site and other resources for teachers.

Guide for Students
A guide to using this site and other resources for students.

Recommended Links
My short list of the best fairy tale related sites on the web.

Acknowledgements and Dedications
My thanks to those who have taught, inspired, supported, or just been nice to me.

Who Is Heidi Anne Heiner?
Who am I anyway?


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I receive the most emails about these first three items, asking for help in identifying them from childhood memories:

Golden Book of Fairy Tales illustrated by Adrienne Segur

Snow Queen and Other Tales illustrated by Adrienne Segur

Three Wishes For Cinderella

Grimm's Grimmest

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Page created 6/1999; Last updated 7/2/07