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  • A rare discovery in the world of fairy tales - now for the first time in English.

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Product Description

  • Author
    Franz Xaver Von Schonwerth  
    Binding
    paperback  
    Cat No.
    3266731  
    EAN
    978014310742251600  
    Genre
    Fantasy  
    ISBN
    9780143107422  
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd  
    Type
    Books  
  • A rare discovery in the world of fairy tales - now for the first time in English.

    With this volume, the holy trinity of fairy tales - the Brothers Grimm, Charles Perrault, and Hans Christian Andersen - becomes a quartet. In the 1850s, Franz Xaver von Schönwerth traversed the forests, lowlands, and mountains of northern Bavaria to record fairy tales, gaining the admiration of even the Brothers Grimm. Most of Schönwerth’s work was lost - until a few years ago, when thirty boxes of manu­scripts were uncovered in a German municipal archive.

    Now, for the first time, Schönwerth’s lost fairy tales are available in English. Violent, dark, and full of action, and upending the relationship between damsels in distress and their dragon-slaying heroes, these more than seventy stories bring us closer than ever to the unadorned oral tradition in which fairy tales are rooted, revolutionizing our understanding of a hallowed genre.

    ‘Schönwerth’s tales have a compositional fierceness and energy rarely seen in stories gathered by the Brothers Grimm or Charles Perrault’ -The New Yorker

    ‘Schönwerth’s legacy counts as the most significant collection in the German-speaking world in the nineteenth century’ - Daniel Drascek, University of Regensburg

    Franz Xanver von Schönwerth (1810-1886) was born in Bavaria and had a successful career in law

    and the Bavarian royal court before devoting himself to researching the customs of his homeland and preserving its fairy tales and folklore.

    Maria Tatar chairs the program in folklore and mythology at Harvard, and has edited and translated many collections of fairy tales.

    Eeika Eichenseer is a historian and preservationist working for the Bavarian government and the director of the

    Franz Xaver von Schönwerth Society.

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