Late Nights with New Fairy Tales

I can’t remember how I discovered Franz Xaver von Schönwerth’s book of “newly discovered fairy tales,” but I am glad I did. It is called The Turnip Princess and Other Newly Discovered Fairy Tales (2015), and it is just that. Von Schönwerth apparently collected these stories from the Bavarian countryside in the 1850s, and a... Continue Reading →

Harry Potter, the Hero Cycle, and Cinderella

Because of my curiosity, I sneaked the first Harry Potter book into an assignment for my Myth, Legend, and Folklore class as an undergraduate college student.  The Harry Potter series (number 4 on the BBC list) became popular during those years, and because we had been studying Greek Mythology, Harry’s story seemed to obviously follow... Continue Reading →

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