Reading List on Fairy or Folk Tales

These are books I have read that fall under the theme of fairy tales. Firstly, books of fairy tales, secondly, books about fairy tales and thirdly, books that have been inspired, however tangentially, by fairy tales.

You can find out here why I put together this list. This list is not complete, there are many more books I would like to add to it, but it’s a start. I will also add special characters to names, as soon as I figure out how to do so in WordPress.

Fairy Tales

I do not here distinguish between traditional collections of fairy tales (Volksmärchen) and literary fairy tales (Kunstmärchen). I will not give publishers, dates and translators unless particularly relevant and let you seek out an edition to read.

Aesop, Fables
Hans Christian Andersen, The Complete Fairy Tales
Marie Catherine d’Aulnoy, The Fairy Tales of Madame d’Aulnoy, online
Kate Bernheimer, ed. My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales
Italo Calvino, Italian Folktales
Angela Carter The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories
Angela Carter, Angela Carter’s Book of Fairy Tales
E.T.A. Hoffman, Tales and short stories, various editions
Philip Pullman, Grimm Tales for Young and Old, great brief commentary on each tale
Anne Sexton, Transformations, poems
Marina Warner, Fly Away Home

To be read or re-read:

Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm, The Original Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm: Complete First Edition
Kafka Short Stories

Fairy Tales in Hungarian

A selection of collections available online, as free ebooks through the Hungarian Electronic Library project.

Arany Laszlo, Magyar Nepmesek
Benedek Elek, Magyar Mese- es Monda-vilag 1-3, Vol1. | Vol2. | Vol.3.
Kolozsvári Grandpierre Emil, A Lovatett Sarkany
Kovacs Agnes, Icinke-picinke

Watch the traditional animated series Magyar Népmesék on YouTube.
Watch the animated series of folk tales featuring King Matthew.

Books about Fairy Tales

Books of the academic variety.

Warner, Marina (2014) Once Upon a Time, Oxford University Press

To be read:

Bettelheim, Bruno, The Uses of Enchantment
Warner, Marina (2015) From the Beast to the Blonde: Fairy Tales and Their Tellers, Vintage
Zipes, Jack (2011) Fairy Tales and the Art of Subversion, Routledge Classics

Fairy Tales in Fiction

A.S. Byatt. Posession, fairy tales, especially Melusina, feature prominently
Neil Gaiman, Stardust
Tom Holt, The Outsorcerer’s Apprentice
Marissa Meyer, Cinder and the Lunar Chronicles
Terry Pratchett, Witches Abroad
Kurt Vonnegut, Bluebeard: The Autobiography of Rabo Karabekian
Helene Wecker, The Golem and the Jinni

Fairy Tales on the Web

Sur la Lune – 49 annotated fairy tales and more!