Posted by Bob Whitworth on August 18, 1998 at 02:08:32:
In response to Fairy Tales and The Game of Goose, written by SuzanneR on August 17, 1998 at 15:38:21
I don't have any solid figures on how popular Fairy Tales were back during the Regency, but I do know that they did attain some high degree of popularity.
A number of Fairy Tales (including Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood,
Puss 'n Boots, and others) were published in book form and as dissected pictures (jigsaw puzzles). Cinderella was also published in book/paper doll form by S & J Fuller in 1814. Old Mother Hubbard was published in book and puzzle form. I think the earliest edition dates from around 1804 and was published by Edward Harris in London. And don't forget that the Fairy Tales of the brothers Grimm were first published in London around 1811 or 1812. The positive thing about Fairy Tales (in most parents' minds of the period), was that they really taught "morality" tales, which they hoped would help to keep their children on the straight and narrow path. All of these went through numerous editions, so they certainly were selling.
I hope this helps.
- Fairy Tales SuzanneR 11:59:45 8/18/98 (4)
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