Fairy Tale Authors

Fairy Tale Authors have written fairy tales.  That's pretty obvious. But, do they have to be written to be  Fairy Tales?   What about all the tales that have been told aloud to children and adults around a fire or in a bedroom at night.   Weren't some of them fairy tales?  These tales or stories have been handed down

from generation to generation for centuries in all countries and cultures. 

Here on this page we will discuss the Fairy Tale Authors that have collected and written these old oral tales.  We will also discuss Fairy Tale Authors that have written original tales from their own imagination. 

A Lot of the authors that you see here will be familiar to you.   These were probably famous in their own time and culture.  Some of these, that  you don't know, were also very famous at the time their stories were written, yet today, we have not heard much about them. 

Here we will tell a little about each author and  mention some of their work.  There will be a link to tell you more.

Famous Fairy Tale Authors

Charles Perrault

French fairy tale writer born in Paris on January 12, 1628, and died on May 16, 1803, wrote his works (inspired by folk tales) in the 1600s. His tales include classics like Sleeping Beauty, Puss in Boots and Blue Beard. His version of Cinderella, for example, is the one English speakers are most familiar with (with the fairy godmother and the pumpkin carriage etc.) and it is interestingly very different from the Brothers Grimm version. 
Link to Perrault Page

Charles Perrault: He was 

Brothers Grimm

Brothers Grimm

The Brothers Grimm: Jacob (January 4, 1785 - September 20, 1863) and Wilhelm Grimm (February 24, 1786 - December 16, 1859), were German academics who were best known for publishing collections of folk tales and fairy tales, which became very popular.Grimm Brothers also did academic work in linguistics, related to how the sounds in words shift over time - Grimm's law. They are among the best-known story tellers of folk tales from Europe, and their work popularized such tales as "Rumpelstiltskin", "Snow White", "Rapunzel", "Cinderella", "Hansel and Gretel", "The Frog Prince", and many others.
Link to Brothers Grimm Page

Lewis Carroll's Real name was Charles  Lutwidge  Dodgson

27 January 1832 – 14 January 1898

His most famous writings are:  Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass as well as the poems “The Hunting of the Snark” and “Jabberwocky”, all considered to be within the genre of literary nonsense.

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson who is best known by the pen name Lewis Carroll. (27 January 1832 - 14 January 1898)

His most famous writings are Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass. Dodgson's family was predominantly northern English, with Irish connections.

During the earlier times in his life, young Dodgson was educated at home. At twelve he was sent away to a small private school at nearby Richmond, where he appears to have been happy and settled. The young adult Charles Dodgson was about six feet tall, slender and deemed attractive, with curling brown hair and blue or grey eyes. Link to Lewis Carroll

Hans Christian Andersen

Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875), Danish author and poet, wrote many poems, plays, stories and travel essays, but is best known for his fairy tales of which there are over one hundred and fifty, published in numerous collections during his life and many still in print today.Andersen's fairy tales of fantasy with moral lessons are popular with children and adults all over the world, and they also contain autobiographical details of the man himself. Andersen wrote 168 fairy tales between 1835 and 1872. The first few were published in Tales Told for Children when he was 30. Stories such as "The Little Mermaid," "The Princess and the Pea," "The Ugly Duckling," "The Emperor's New Clothes," "Thumbelina" and "The Snow Queen" won him worldwide fame. » read more

Oldest of the fairy tale authors

Aesop or sometimes known as aseop's fables

Aesop Fables author was a man named Aesop.  He was a Greek slave and storyteller that lived around  the years 620 to 564 BC.  He is  probably the most famous of all the authors of fables.  His fables, translated from Latin and Greek,  were not recognized as great  until more than 3 centuries after his death..  

Apollonius of Tyana, a 1st-century CE philosopher, is recorded as having said about Aesop:

... like those who dine well off the plainest dishes, he made use of humble incidents to teach great truths, and after serving up a story he adds to it the advice to do a thing or not to do it. Then, too, he was really more attached to truth than the poets are; for the latter do violence to their own stories in order to make them probable; but he by announcing a story which everyone knows not to be true, told the truth by the very fact that he did not claim to be relating real events.

PhilostratusLife of Apollonius of Tyana, Book V:14

Less Known Fairy Tale Authors

Carlo Colloti who's real name was carlo lorenzini

 Carlo Lorenzini  (November 24, 1826 – October 26, 1890),

During the Wars of Independence in 1848 and 1860 Collodi served as a volunteer with the Tuscan army. Carlo Lorenzini had won fame as early as 1856 with his novel In vapore and had also begun intense activity on other political newspapers such as Fanfulla. In 1880 he began writing Storia di un burattino "The story of a marionette", also called Le avventure di Pinocchio, which was published weekly in Giornale dei Bambini - the first Italian newspaper for children.

Lorenzini died unaware of the fame and popularity that awaited his work.

Russian - 1799-1837

Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin (1799 - 1837) 
A Russian author and poet that lived during the period known as the Romantic Era in Russia.  He is considered "The Greatest Russian Poet" and given credit for founding Modern Russian Literature.
I started with this author because of something I found strange about his fairy tale called "The Tale Of The Dead Princess".  It is very much like "Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs".  It has a wicked queen, magic mirror and a poison apple.  The difference is there are seven knights instead of dwarfs.
"The Fisherman and the Golden Fish"  This tale is very similar to Grimm's "the Fisherman and the Fish"


Alexander Nikolayevich Afanasyev (Afanasief, Afanasiev or Afanas'ev,[1] Russian: Алекса́ндр Никола́евич Афана́сьев) (11 July 1826 – 23 October 1871) was a Russian Empire Slavist who published nearly 600 Russian folktales and fairytales—one of the largest folktale collections in the world.[2] The first edition of his collection was published in eight fascicules from 1855–67, earning him the reputation of the Russian counterpart to the Brothers Grimm.[3]

Alexander Afanasyev: (Rusia: July 11, 1826 — October 23,  1871 )  He was a Russian Slavist folklorist who recorded and published over 600 Russian folktales and fairytales:

The Cat, The Rooster, and the Fox THE CAT AND THE ROOSTER: A Ukrainian Folktale
A traditional tale of the Ukraine, about a cat and a rooster, who are friends, and a fox, who is an enemy: while the cat is away, the fox tricks the rooster, steals him, and ties him up in her house, telling her children to let no one in; when she goes out, the cat tricks the fox's children and rescues the rooster. This simple story, smoothly translated, is a vehicle for Lavro's crisp, colorful, stylized illustrations of oversized animals in traditional Ukrainian folk costumes. The cat looks like a Cossack, complete with braid; the rooster wears a caftan, boots, and spurs. But for their feathers, paws, and tails, the animals would look like people -- every posture and facial expression entirely anthropomorphized. A little ethnic flavor, in vivid detail.

The Fox and the Crane

Baba-Yaga and Puny



Wilhelm Hauff

Wilhelm Hauff (November 29, 1802 – November 18, 1827) was a German poet and novelist.Wilhelm Hauff was born in Stuttgart, the son of August Friedrich Hauff, a secretary in the ministry of foreign affairs, and Hedwig Wilhelmine Elsaesser Hauff. He was the second of four children. Young Hauff lost his father when he was seven years old, and his early education was practically self-gained in the library of his maternal grandfather. In 1820 he began to study at the University of Tübingen and in four years he completed his philosophical and theological studies.On leaving the university, Wilhelm became a tutor to the children of the famous Württemberg minister of war, General Baron Ernst Eugen von Hugel, and for them wrote his Märchen fairy tales. Some of these stories are very popular in German-speaking countries to this day, such as "The History of Little Mook", "The Tale of the Ghost Ship", "The Dwarf Nose", and "The Cold Heart" and many others. » read more

  • Joseph Jacobs – Australian author/folklorist who published several collections of English fairy tales. His versions of famous English fairy tales like The Three Little Pigs, Jack and the Bean Stalk, and Goldilocks and the Three Bears are some of the most well-known today.

 


Arabian Nights

"One Thousand and One Nights" is a famous collection of Middle-Eastern folk tales and stories compiled in Arabic during the Islamic Golden Age. It is also known in English as the Arabian Nights. Many tales and fables were originally folk stories from the Caliphate era, while others are drawn from the Persian work of Hazar Afsan.Some of the well-known stories of Arabian Nights are: "Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp", "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves", "The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor" and many others. » read more