Cinderella Fairy Tale

A single Fairy Tale can have many, many versions.  It has been said that Cinderella alone has over 1000.

Cinderella - This Fairy Tale probably has more different versions than most others. It even has it's own class. ("Aarne-Thompson-Uther system classifies Cinderella as Tale Type 510A, Persecuted Heroine").

In this Fairy Tale, Cinderella is a young women treated cruelly by those around her.  Through enchanted circumstances, she is rescued and lives "Happily Ever After".

There are many different versions.


 [1] or The Little Glass Slipper, is a folk tale embodying a myth-element of unjust oppression and triumphant reward. Thousands of variants are known throughout the world.[2][3] The title character is a young woman living in unfortunate circumstances, that are suddenly changed to remarkable fortune. 


Although the story's title and main character's name change in different languages, in English-language folklore Cinderella is the archetypal name. The word Cinderella has, by analogy, come to mean one whose attributes were unrecognized, or one who unexpectedly achieves recognition or success after a period of obscurity and neglect. The still-popular story of Cinderella continues to influence popular culture internationally, lending plot elements, allusions, and tropes to a wide variety of media. The Aarne-Thompson-Uther system classifies Cinderella as Tale Type 510A, Persecuted Heroine.[6]:24–26

Cinderella Fairy Tale is probably the most famous one of all the thousands of tales that have been published.  More than any others the Cinderella tale certainly seems to have more different versions by different authors coming from different cultures  than any of the others.

The Oldest Cinderella Fairy Tales

The oldest known version is an oral story called Rhodopis, which means "Rosy Cheeks". It was written by a Greek named Strabo around 7 BC.  It is about a Greek slave girl named Rhodopis that marries the King of Egypt. 


The first literary European version of the story was published in Italy by Giambattista Basile in his Pentamerone in 1634;

the version that is now most widely known in the English-speaking world was published in French by Charles Perrault in Histoires ou contes du temps passé in 1697.

..[8]  [5] Another version was later published by the Brothers Grimm in their folk tale collection Grimms' Fairy Tales in 1812