For hundreds of years, fairy tales have been read by children and adults alike, instructing, fascinating, and horrifying us by turns. As both readers and writers we return to their themes again and again, gleaning new meaning from each retelling. There are many excellent resources, both online and in print, which can assist the recreational reader, the parent, the teacher, or the student of fairy tales. This pathfinder endeavors to describe and categorize these resources, in order to make easier both the study and the enjoyment of these remarkable stories.
Multi-Story Sites: Well-Known Tales Online with Full Text
Sur La Lune Fairy Tales
Hans Christian Andersen: Fairy Tales and Stories
Grimm's Fairy Tales
Folklore and Mythology Electronic Texts
Andrew Lang's Fairy Books
Pure Gold Fables and Fairy Tales:
Indian Fairy Tales
Multi-Story Sites: Lesser-Known Tales Online with Full Text
Whootie Owl's Stories to Grow By
19th-Century German Stories
Specific Tales Online with Full Text
The Cinderella Project
The Jack and the Beanstalk and Jack the Giant-Killer Project
The Little Red Riding Hood Project
The Tam Lin Pages
Beauty and the Beast
East O' the Sun and West O' the Moon
In libraries, depending on the system of classification, books of fairy tales may be in a variety of places. Libraries using the Dewey Decimal System will probably keep most of their fairy tales books at call numbers beginning with 398, the Dewey number for folklore, especially 398.2 up to (but not including) 398.5. There may also be some collections of fairy tales in the short story section, with the call number 808.83. In libraries using the Library of Congress classification system, it will probably be helpful to look in the catalog under the subject heading Fairy Tales to find out where they keep their books. Remember, you can always ask a librarian for assistance!
Lurie, A. (1994). The Oxford Book of Modern Fairy Tales. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press.
MacDonald, M. R. (1982). The Storyteller's Sourcebook: A Subject, Title and Motif Index to Folklore Collections for Children. Michigan: Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc.
Sprug, J. W. (1994). Index to Fairy Tales, 1987-1992. New Jersey: The Scarecrow Press.
Thompson, S. (1993). Motif-Index of Folk Literature: A Classification of Narrative Elements in Folktales, Ballads, Myths, Fables, Mediaeval Romances, Exempla, Fabliaux, Jest-books, and Local Legends. Indiana University Press.
For lists of interesting books, try the following sites:
The Endicott Studio
Feminist Fairy Tales
Fractured Fairy Tales
Once again, the Dewey Decimal System will probably shelve most books about fairy tales in the call number 398, particularly 398 up to (but not including) 398.5. They are typically mixed in with actual storybooks of fairy and folk tales, so some browsing will probably be necessary. Useful Library of Congress subject headings might include: Fairy Tales'Classification, Fairy Tales'History and Criticism, and Symbolism in Fairy Tales, among others. Remember, it is always helpful to ask a librarian for guidance, and he or she will be happy to assist you.
Sources for the Analysis and Interpretation of Folk and Fairy Tales
Marvels &Tales, Journal of Fairy-Tale Studies
The Lion and the Unicorn
Introduction to Fairy Tales from Sur La Lune Fairy Tales
This pathfinder was originally created by Hilary M Leon.
This pathfinder was revised and updated by Caroline Dechert for Dr. Eileen Abels Info 780 Course at Drexel University, Spring, 2008.