Fairy tales (Märchen) are fictional stories which contain elements of magic or the supernatural. Their usual theme is the triumph over difficulty of the one least likely to succeed. Characters are stylized.

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Fairy Tales Collection
Large collection of online transcriptions of the most common fairy tales.
Beauty and the Beast; or, the Ethics of a Fairy Tale
Excerpt from an aesthetic realism seminar, with a discussion of the Madame Leprince De Beaumont story.
The Cinderella Bibliography
University of Rochester-sponsored project to document various versions of the Cinderella story throughout history, explore origins of the fairy tale, and offer resources to educators.
Fairy Tales
Web resources and bibliography devoted to fairy tales in the written tradition.
The Pied Piper of Hamelin
By Robert Browning (1888), illustrated by Kate Greenaway; e-text at Indiana University Libraries.
Propp's Structure of the Magic Tale
Outline of the classical work "Morphology of the Folktale."
A Scholarly Snow White
Includes introduction, interpretations, bibliographies, and comparisons of different versions, prepared by Kay E. Vandergrift, Rutgers University.
The Sleeping Beauty and other Fairy Tales
Four fairy tales by Arthur Quiller-Couch (1910); e-text at Bartleby.
SurLaLune Fairy Tale Pages
A portal to the realm of fairy tale and folklore studies featuring annotated fairy tales, illustrations, and a forum.
Tom Tit Tot - An Essay on Savage Philosophy in Folk-Tale
By Edward Clodd (1898), at sacred-texts.com
Tonight's Bedtime Story
Fairy Tales for Sleepy Children. All the Classic Fairy Tales available online or as free eBooks. Illustrations by Arthur Rackham, Beatrix Potter, Felix Lorioux, Gustave Dore, Walter Crane and others.

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