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One of NPR’s Best Books of the Year

“The tales are fascinating— . . . they have all their original, fiercely oddball appeal.” —NPR, “Best Books of the Year”

“Bawdier, racier and significantly more scatological than the collection the Grimms published.” —Laura Miller, Salon

“This stunning fairy-tale find is grimmer than Grimm. . . . Here is real treasure. Just watch out for the witch.” —The Washington Post

“Schönwerth’s tales have a compositional fierceness and energy rarely seen in stories gathered by the Brothers Grimm or Charles Perrault.” —The New Yorker

“In the hands of renowned folklorist and scholar Maria Tatar, these seventy-two stories come to life with a snappy matter-of-factness, racing with palpable energy through fantasy landscapes that always feel close to home.” —NPR.org

“Lively and lucid.” —Marina Warner, The New York Review of Books

“[A] parade of giants, gnomes, kings, and witches . . . Anyone familiar with Disney or the Grimms will be surprised by these brief, enigmatic tales. . . . They teach us to read for the simple thrill of the tales themselves, their humor and their zest. . . . In their simple charm and wild imagination they remind us of the foundation of literature itself: the impulse to entertain.” —Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“[This] new collection of German folk stories . . . challenges preconceptions about many of the most commonly known fairytales. . . . Many of the stories centre around surprisingly emancipated female characters.” —The Guardian

“Schönwerth’s legacy counts as the most significant collection in the German-speaking world in the nineteenth century.” —Daniel Drascek, University of Regensburg

“These eminently enjoyable tales offer a rich new take on the material of the Grimms and Andersen. . . . The tales are vigorous, direct, and less artful then those of the Grimms, suggesting greater authenticity, closer to the source.” —Library Journal

About the Author

Franz Xaver von Schönwerth (1810–1886) had a successful career in law and the Bavarian royal court before devoting himself full-time to cataloging the customs and folktales of his homeland.

Erika Eichenseer (editor) is the director of the Franz Xaver von Schönwerth Society. She lives in Germany.

Maria Tatar (translator and introducer) is the chair of the program in folklore and mythology at Harvard. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
 
Engelbert Süss (illustrations) is a sculptor, glass-artist, and illustrator. He created the bronze statue King of Dwarfs for the Schönwerth Fairytale Path in Sinzing, Bavaria.
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Product Details

  • Series: Penguin Classics
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (February 24, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143107429
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143107422
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I grew up cutting my teeth on all the best that the Grimm Brothers had to offer. The tales from the Black Forest of Germany and Europe were based on folk legend and tales dating back into the middle ages and older. I loved the stories of Cinderella, Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and oh so many others. Disney took these tales and brightened them even more into “Happily Ever After” stories. What more could any child ever ask for growing up? It wasn’t until my adult years when I acquired the complete works of the Brothers Grimm that I discovered just how dark their version of the old world folk tales truly were.
But taking these most ancient of oral folk legends and setting them down on paper so that they would not disappear with time was not limited to the Brothers Grimm. Back in the mid-1800s, Franz Xavier Von Schonwerth determined that he didn’t want the folk legends of his native Bavaria to disappear with time and spent a great deal of time collecting stories from local sourceand binding them into a collection. Some of those stories have come down through time, but others just disappeared and no one knew what became of his work until a few years ago when they were discovered in the attic of a municipal building in the Bavarian Alps.
With the translation and release of this new collection, we have been given a glimpse into fairytales of the region and time that have not been adulterated by Hollywood or Disney. They are refreshing and straight forward, with no preambling "Once Upon A Time" to give us hope of "Everafter". He starts right in as an old grandmother or grandfather would in the oral tradition of "There was a boy", or a fox or whatever.
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‘The Turnip Princess and Other Newly Discovered Fairy Tales’ written by Franz Xaver von Schonwerth after ‘The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm’ is another great read for those in love with original European fairy tales which laid the foundation for the many stories that have survived and remained popular in various versions until today.

While those originals made by Brothers Grimm were so far known only to those readers whose knowledge of German was good enough to enjoy the originals, ‘The Turnip Princess and Other Newly Discovered Fairy Tales’ is a collection of previously unknown stories from the 1800s that were few years ago found in German archives.

Overall found were 74 stories which were compiled by Erika Eichenseer, made by von Schönwerth who back in 19th century was living in Bavaria, working as law professional on Bavarian court. These stories are only part of author’s legacy and most of them for its theme have maiden in troubles and heroes that are coming for their rescue.

Though sharing similar topic, still this collection of fairy tales presents a great overview of themes that troubled people who lived back then, additionally emphasized by the imagination and style of author who though similar to other great authors such as Brothers Grimm and Andersen, still manages to surprise with his unique storytelling.

The stories are a bit shorter that those prepared by Brothers Grimm, almost all of them shorter than 3 pages, while collection itself is divided into six big chapters - Tales of Magic and Romance, Enchanted Animals, Otherworldly Creatures, Legends, Tall Tales and Anecdotes, Tales About Nature – that picturesquely tell about their story themes.
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Once upon a time… no….

One day a prince lost his way in the woods. He found shelter in a cave and slept there for the night. When he woke up, an old woman was hovering over him. She had a bear by her side and treated it like a pet….. – The Turnip Princess.

A 150 years ago, author Franz Xaver Von Schonwerth (1810-1886) compiled over 500 fairy tales for a book that he published called Aus der Oberpfalz – Sitten und Sagen (From the Upper Palatinate – customs and legends), unfortunately it didn’t have as much of recognition as the Grimm Brothers books did.

In 2009, Erika Eichenseer the Oberpfalz (Upper Palatinate) cultural curator, found the 500 stories in the municipal archive of Regensburg, Germany. These stories where inside of thirty “dusty” boxes. For over a century and a half, these stories slept in those boxes, but now Erika, with the help of translator Maria Tatar, and illustrator Engelbert Suss have brought the stories back into the light for fans and readers of folktales and fairy tales, or as some called them, “wonder tales”.

Author Franz Xaver Von Schonwerth, was said to have a patient ear, as he wrote down all of the stories that were told to him orally. His goal was to preserve the oral tradition of his beloved Bavaria. This was what differed him from the Grimm Brothers. His stories are written as they were told, without sugarcoating and leaving them raw with their deaths, magic, punishments, and surreal plot twists.

The Turnip Princess and Other Newly Discovered Fairy Tales book has 72 stories of the 500 that were discovered. In the book, the majority of the main characters of the stories are males such as princes, hunters, farmer sons, noblemen, and brothers.
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