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People have been telling each other fairy tales since ancient times. A very significant literature genre, fairy tales are present in all cultures around the world. In comparison to myths and legends, the time and place of occurrence in fairy tales are not defined. Their characteristics include the appearance of fantastic elements in the form of talking animals, magic, witches and giants, knights and heroes. It wasn't until the 17th century that fairy tales in Europe were written down and preserved for future generations.

The first to do research on fairy tales was the indologist Theodor Benfey during the 19th century. In 1910 the Finnish researcher Antti Aarne categorized fairy tales by their narrative content. Her work was later translated and enriched by Stith Thompson, with the result being the Aarne-Thompson classification system. In 1928 the Russian scholar Vladimir Propp contributed with his structural study of the morphology of fairy tales - an important research contribution. The later research on fairy tales used different theoretical approaches from anthropology, oral history, examining various individual philology, psychology and others. Good and evil in fairy tales is usually clearly separated, often in the form of good and evil characters. The content of fairy tales usually has a hero at the center and a conflict between good and evil, natural and supernatural forces. The hero is often a weak figure, like the youngest son. At the end, the good is rewarded and evil - punished.

Fairy tales in Germany
In Germany the term fairy tales is largely associated with the first collection of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales. There are, however, numerous German fairy tales that the Grimms did not record.

Fairy tales in France
The first collection of fairy tales in French was Charles Perrault's "Histoires ou Contes du temps passé avec des moralités". His work laid the foundation of the genre. The term fairy tale was later used by the French writer Madame d'Aulnoy. She named her book "Contes de fées" ("Fairy tales"), giving fairy tales their modern name.

Fairy tales in India
The Indian fairy tales have a long and varied tradition. The 2000 year old list called Panchatantra is among the most significant collections of Indian fairy tales. In beginning of the 20th century the Indologist John Hertel had the most important scientific contribution to Panchatantra.

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Andrew Lang (31 March 1844 - 20 July 1912) was a Scottish poet, novelist, and literary critic. Born in Selkirk, Lang was the oldest among eight siblings. After graduating, he began to publish his works, showing he was a gifted journalist, poet, and writer.

The Blue Fairy Book

Blue fairy book Andrew Lang cover

Notes: The first of a collection of twelve fairy tale books, gathered by Andrew Lang from various sources. Published in 1889, the Blue Fairy Book contains 37 stories.

Author: Various
Editor: Andrew Lang
Published: 1889
Publisher: Langmans, Green, and Co., London; New York


The Green Fairy Book

Green fairy book Andrew Lang cover

Notes: The third book from Andrew Lang's collection was first published in 1892 and contains 42 fairy tales.

Author: Various
Editor: Andrew Lang
Published: 1892
Publisher: Langmans, Green, and Co., London; New York


The Red Fairy Book

Red fairy book Andrew Lang cover

Notes: The second book from Andrew Lang's collection was first published in 1890 and contains 37 fairy tales.

Author: Various
Editor: Andrew Lang
Published: 1890
Publisher: Langmans, Green, and Co., London; New York



The Brothers Grimm are probably the best known storytellers in the world. Many years have passed since the time Jackob and Wilhelm Grimm released their "Children's and household tales". The first edition and was very modest, both in appearance and capacity - there were only 83 fairy tales, compared to the 200 we know today.

Household tales by the Brothers Grimm

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Notes: Translated by Margaret Hunt, this is the only book that contains the complete collection of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales - 200
fairy tales and 10 legends.

Author: Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
Published: 1884
Translator: Margaret Hunt
Publisher:George Bell and Sons, London


Grimm's fairy tales

Household tales by the Brothers Grimm cover

Notes: Translated by Edgar Taylor and Marian Edwardes. Contains 62 fairy tales.

Author: Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
Translator: Edgar Taylor and Marian Edwardes
Published: 1876
Publisher: R. Meek & Co., London


Grimm's Fairy Stories

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Notes: This book contains 25 fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm.

Author: Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
Translator: Unknown
Published: 1922
Publisher: Cupples and Leon Company, New York


Household Stories by the Brothers Grimm

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Notes: This fairy tale collection contains 52 of the Grimm's fairy tales.

This new Dover edition, first published in 1963, is an unabridged republication of the work first published by Macmillan and Company in 1886.

Author: Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
Translator: Lucy Crane
Published: 1963 (1886)
Publisher: Dover Publications, New York (Macmillan & Co, London)


Charles Perrault was a French writer who lived in the second half of XVII century. He was one of the first writers in European literature who turned his eyes to folklore. Born in 1628 in a clerical bourgeois family, Perrault received legal education and had high royal office. In the second half of XVII century there was...

The Tales of Mother Goose As First Collected by Charles Perrault in 1696

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Notes: The first edition of Perrault's famous collection of fairy tales.
Author: Charles Perrault
Translator: Charles Welsh
Published: 1901
Publisher: D.C. Heath & Co., Boston; New York; Chicago


Hans Christian Andersen, born April 2, 1805 in Odense, was a Danish writer and poet. In his early days, Andersen wanted to become an opera singer. In 1819 he went to Copenhagen to pursuit that dream. His voice, however, was too weak and he was accepted as a dance student at the Royal Theater.

Andersen's fairy tales

Andersen book cover

Notes: "Andersen's fairy tales" contains 18 of H.C.Andersen's most notable fairy tales. This is not the original cover.

Author: Hans Christian Andersen
Translator: Unknown
Published: Unknown
Publisher: Unknown


Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales

Hans Andersen fairy tales cover


Notes
: This is the first of two volumes of Andersen's fairy tales edited by J. H. Stickney.

Author: Hans Christian Andersen
Editor: J. H. Stickney
Published: 1914
Publisher: Ginn and Company - Boston; New York; Chicago; London


Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales Second Series

Hans Andersen fairy tales vol 2 cover


Notes
: This is the second volume of Andersen's fairy tales edited by J. H. Stickney.

Author: Hans Christian Andersen
Editor: J. H. Stickney
Published: 1915
Publisher: Ginn and Company - Boston; New York; Chicago; London


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