Newly Discovered Fairy Tale By Franz Xaver Von Schönwerth

by Rachel Baker on March 6, 2015

Below is an excerpt from one of 500 fairy tales found a couple of years ago. These tales were sitting in in an archive in Germany; and no one realized they were there.

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Excerpted from The Turnip Princess and Other Newly Discovered Fairy Tales by Franz Xaver von Schönwerth, edited by Erika Eichenseer, translated by Maria Tatar. Out now from Penguin Classics.

The British press reported in 2012 that 500 unknown fairy tales, languishing for more than a century in the municipal archive of Regensburg, Germany, had come to light. The fairy tales were compiled in the mid-19th century by a man named Franz Xaver von Schönwerth. Erika Eichenseer, a resident of Regensburg, opened 30 dusty cardboard boxes of von Schönwerth’s tales and turned them into fairy-tale gold by reading, sorting, transcribing, and providing context for them. Now, with the new English translation, a broader audience will have access to the tales.

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