Monday, February 23, 2015

Giveaway - The Turnip Princess and Other Newly Discovered Fairy Tales

Here's a great giveaway today for you, courtesy of Penguin Classics - The Turnip Princess and Other Newly Discovered Fairy Tales by Franz Xaver von Schonwerth, edited by Erika Eichenseer, who discovered the tales, translated by Maria Tatar, a Harvard folklore scholar and illustrated by Engelbert Suss.

From the publisher:

"With THE TURNIP PRINCESS, 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 Erika Eichenseer uncovered thirty boxes of manuscripts 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, they bring us closer than ever to the unadorned oral tradition in which fairy tales are rooted, revolutionizing our understanding of a hallowed genre."

Violent, dark, and full of action, and upending the relationship between damsels in distress and their dragon-slaying heroes, Schönwerth’s fairy tales as collected in THE TURNIP PRINCESS bring us closer than ever to the unadorned oral tradition in which fairy tales are rooted, revolutionizing our understanding of a hallowed genre."

Fairy tale fans, simply leave a comment with the name of your favorite fairy tale to be entered. Open to US only, no PO boxes please. Ends March 7/15.

13 comments:

bermudaonion said...

I'm not a huge fairy tale fan but I'd like to give this a try so I'll enter. I'm going to say my favorite fairy tale is The Golden Goose. Thanks for the giveaway!

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traveler said...

A fairy tale that I enjoy is The Princess and the Pea. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

TempestuousToe said...

My favorite will always be The Little Mermaid..although I have a deep love for the Disney version because they make everything perfect..the original story is still my favorite even though the ending was so sad...it was a real kind of beautiful.

petite said...

Beauty and the Beast is my favorite fairytale. Thanks for this lovely giveaway. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

bn100 said...

Cinderella

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Grandma Cootie said...

Beauty and the Beast is also my favorite. Thanks for the giveaway.

Carl Scott said...

How cool to have found a whole new source of traditional stories. I'd love to see how different they might be from the ones we are so familiar with. My favorite fairy tale has always been Rumpelstiltskin. I love that crazy little troll. Thanks. carlscott(at)prodigy(dot)net(dot)mx

Liz said...

Just getting into fairy tales this last year or so...and Oscar Wilde's fairy tales are definitely my favorite so far! So unique and fun!

Anita Yancey said...

My favorite fairy tale is Sleeping Beauty. I just love that he has to kiss her to wake her up. Thanks for having the giveaway.

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Patti V said...

I have always loved Hans Brinker.

Tamara Kist said...

Oh my gosh! I just read an interview with the author and I am sooo excited about this book!! It shifts the whole paradigm of what we have believed about fairy tales for the last 150 years... I am a storyteller, and One of my favorite Grimm tales, a more recently translated take, The Juniper Tree, is one of my favorite stories to tell. Adults and children love it because the horrific details were not sanitized out of it. These stories sound like they will have similar elements!! I can't wait to get this book!!

KAS said...

I guess I like Cinderella the best because she is seen for her good qualities despite everything in her way...and yet, her story has a hint of reality in just how precarious the transformation is in the story -- if the carriage turns into a pumpkin in public, it's all over for our heroine. I mean, how do you explain that? When she and the prince are married she could disclose her tale and laugh with him about it -- maybe. But people have a way of getting the wrong idea when they see something totally surprising, y'know?

I'm not a big fairy tale enthusiast, honestly. Indeed, at first, I thought I wouldn't be into this book, but the whole idea of brand new stories dating from so long ago has me very excited. I would love to discover them! Thanks for this feature and chance to win.

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Maureen said...

Hansel and Gretel is a favorite of mine.
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