Bold Sisters in Fairy Tale Families

Fairy tales often focus on relationships within families — interrogating the many ways in which these can break down, but also celebrating family.

A Pied Piper Mystery

hile the Pied Piper of Hamelin is undeniably a fairy tale, it’s uniquely grounded in real-world specifics – the date for one – June 26. That’s the date in 1284 when the town lost a significant portion of its population, a matter treated as fact in the first written allusion to the incidents, the initial […]

Whither Shall I Wander? Reflections on Mother Goose: Past, Present, and Once Upon a Time

hither shall I wander? This question can be a delightful start to considering the history of the inestimable Mother Goose, illustrious ancestor of the Mother Goose of The Mother Goose Letters (at Bay Press, 2019). As her correspondence in the book reveals, Mother Goose is also a character of longevity and considerable force. At one […]

British Legends: Warrior Women — The Battle of Britomart and Radigund the Amazon Queen

The epic unfinished poem, The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser, published 1590-96, created a parallel of the medieval universe.

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