Monday, August 2, 2010

Book Cover Art for My Upcoming Sleeping Beauties Book

In the next few weeks, I will have more information about the next SurLaLune Fairy Tales book release.  The official title is Sleeping Beauties: Sleeping Beauty and Snow White Tales From Around the World

The book includes 10 full text Sleeping Beauty tales as well as discussions of four medieval versions with summaries.

However, the most impressive section is for Snow White in which 41 Snow White variants are offered.  Yes, that is 41.  Considering there are over 400 known variants of this tale, this is a nice percentage.  Almost half of the tales are new translations by yours truly.  Some have never been in English before to my knowledge, at least not in any book. 

A third section includes other 18 stories with sleeping beauties, but not of ATU 410 Sleeping Beauty or ATU 709 Snow White. 

The final section includes some extra fiction as well as an article about Snow White by Alfred Nutt.

The final page count--including the frontmatter and endmatter--is 507 pages.  It's a beast! 

I'll post a full table of contents soon!  If you are fan of Sleeping Beauty or Snow White, this will be a great book for you.  I started out the project not as much in love with these tales as other tale types, but months and months of work has converted me.  Snow White is not quite the girl we see in the Disney film....