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Collected Item: “"The Sleeping Beauty." Grimm’s Fairy Tales, illustrated by Walter Crane and E. H. Wehnert, Chicago: Donohue, Henneberry & Co., 1896.”

Full bibliographic citation (MLA)

"The Sleeping Beauty." Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Chicago: Donohue, Henneberry & Co., 1896.

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

Grimm's Fairy Tale

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

Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm

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

Walter Crane and E.H. Wehnert

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

Donohue, Henneberry & Co.

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


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Sleeping Beauty

What is special about this version of the tale?

The king and queen leave the kingdom after Rosamond is fifteen years old, leaving the princess to wander and find an old woman spinning her flax that leads to the fulfillment of the prophecy. The entire court, humans and animals alike, fall into a magical hundred-year sleep surrounded, where the castle is surrounded by a hedge of thorns. In the end, there is no justice carried out on the woman whom bestowed the curse upon the princess.

A brief summary of the plot that highlights any unique variations

The story begins with a frog announcing that the king and queen will have a child in a year’s time. After the birth, the king is floored and holds a great feast, inviting twelve of the thirteen wise women in his kingdom to gain favor for the child. After eleven of the twelve bestowed great wishes for the child, the uninvited thirteenth declares a curse that the princess will die from pricking herself with a spindle during her fifteenth year of age. Since the twelfth had not yet given her gift, she says that instead of death, the princess will fall into a deep slumber for a hundred years. The princess, Rosamond, pricks her finger in her fifteenth year and fulfills the prophecy, where she falls into a deep sleep along with the entire castle. On the day when Rosamond should awaken, a prince passes through the hedge witnessing the magical slumber the court is under and finds himself next to the princess. He cannot contain himself and kisses her, whereupon Rosamond awakes along with the court. The prince and Rosamond get married and live happily together until the end.

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