Rapunzel by Emma Florence Henderson
Rapunzel Week is over for now. I hope you aren't completely burned out on her. And if you haven't seen Tangled yet, do fit it into your busy December schedule. I did enjoy it and plan to see it again, not what I expected.
And if you do see it, you might want to read Persinette, the French Rapunzel by Charlotte-Rose de La Force. Persinette's lifestyle reminds me of Tangled in which Persinette wants for nothing but companionship beyond her mother and knowledge of the outside world. You can find translations of it in The Great Fairy Tale Tradition: From Straparola and Basile to the Brothers Grimm (Norton Critical Editions) and Rapunzel and Other Maiden in the Tower Tales From Around the World.
You can also read Terri Windling's great essay about the tale and its history at Rapunzel, Rapunzel,Let Down Your Hair. She includes a summary of Persinette as well as other Rapunzel variants.
Thanks also to everyone who shared their Rapunzel Love and Hate. I loved reading your stories.
Next week we return to the random postings that spring forth from my brain or appear in the news.