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Collected Item: ““The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood.” The Blue Fairy Book, edited by Andrew Lang, London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1889, pp. 54-63.”

Full bibliographic citation (MLA)

“The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood.” The Blue Fairy Book, edited by Andrew Lang, London: Longman, Green, and Co., 1889, pp. 54-63.

Title of the complete book/anthology (not a single chapter/fairy tale)

The Blue Fairy Book

The name of the author or editor of the complete book/anthology (leave blank if none are listed)

Andrew Lang

Illustrator(s) of the book/anthology (leave blank if none are listed)

With numerous illustrations by H. J. Ford and G. P. Jacomb Hood

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The publisher of the book/anthology (as written on the title page)

Longman, Green, and Co.

Date of publication (or date range from the library catalog, if no dates are listed in the book)


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The fairy tale type (use the drop down menu)

Sleeping Beauty

The author of the fairy tale/chapter (leave blank if none is listed). If there is only an author for the whole book/anthology listed, use that author again for this entry

Andrew Lang

What is special about this version of the tale?

In this version of this Sleeping Beauty tale, the princess is awakened by just the presence of the prince. Also, in this tale the prince's mother, the queen, is "of the race of Ogres", that of which like to eat little children. The prince hides his marriage and children from his mother because he is scared she will eat them. The queen tries to eat the children and the princess but the cook feeds her goats instead. In the end, the queen ends up taking her own life by jumping into a pit of toads, vipers and snakes of all sorts that devour her.

A brief summary of the plot that highlights any unique variations

A King and Queen have a daughter and invite all the fairies to come and bestow a gift to the princess. There is a secret old fairy that shows up to the gathering unannounced and says that the princess will die when she gets her finger pricked by a spindle. One good fairy hid so that she may give her gift last and gifts the princess a rest for one hundred years as well as some of the workers in the castle. A prince, of a different family, was to come and wake her from her sleep and when he found her they were married in one evening. The prince does not tell his parents, the king and queen, of his marriage or children because the queen is an Ogre and has trouble suppressing the Ogreish tendency to eat people. After the king dies, the prince becomes king and engages in a battle that takes him away. While away the queen asks her cook to prepare each child and the princess, but the cook instead serves her goats and hind. When the queen finds out she has been tricked, she arranges a tub full of various snakes and toads and decides to throw the princess, her grandchildren, the cook and his family into the tub to be devoured. At the last minute the king returns and the queen throws herself into the snake pit and dies. The king is sad but feels comforted by his wife and kids.

The original source of the fairy tale, if easily identifiable (Straparola, Basile, de Beaumont, Perrault, Grimm, etc.)

Based on Giambattista Basile's "Sun, Moon, and Talia"

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