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 researcher recently discovered them in some archives and had the book printed. It is a delightful read, one that sheds light on beloved and familiar fairy tales through new versions and retellings of them.
In these tales, there are echoes of Cinderella, the Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Tom Thumb, Snow White, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rumplestiltskin, and many more familiar stories. While the versions in this book are not necessarily the same as these familiar fairy tales, there are pieces of these stories that appear in von Schönwerth’s tales and new variations of them as well.
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