The authors of most influential versions of "Little Red Riding Hood" are Charles Perrault and the Brothers Grimm. Perrault published his version in 1729, while the Brothers Grimm published their version, called "Little Red Cap," in 1812.Continue Reading
Andrew Lang also published a version called "The True Story of Little Golden Hood" in 1890. In this version, as the name suggests, the protagonist's hood is gold, not red. Because of the oral nature of folk tales, the earliest versions of the story were not written down; therefore, no one knows its true original author.
Scholars believe that versions date back to before the 17th century. For example, an Italian version called "La Finta Nonna" dates to around the 14th century. The stories differ in their details; some are more violent. All of them share the characters of a young girl, her grandmother and the wolf.Learn more about Folklore
Some of the best-known fairy tales include "Cinderella," "Snow White," "Puss in Boots," "Little Red Riding Hood," "Bluebeard" and "Beauty and the Beast." Fairy tales are widely shared short stories that depend on popular plots and magical tropes drawn from a shared folklore. They were often intended for adults as well as children. Many favorite fairy tales were crafted by skilled writers, not simply collected oral traditions.Full Answer >
Some writers of classical children's books include the Brothers Grimm, Lewis Carroll and Frances Hodgson Burnett. Each of these writers is known for iconic works of children's literature, including "Grimms' Fairy Tales," "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "The Secret Garden," respectively.Full Answer >
The geographical location of the kingdom in which Cinderella lives is not established in any of the known versions of the fairy tale. Since there are over 345 variants of the story from different times and cultures, it is difficult to infer where the original kingdom may have been located.Full Answer >
Originally, elves were creatures of ancient Norse myth, and they looked like slender, small versions of fair-skinned blond Scandinavian people. As tales of elves spread throughout cultures and then literature, their appearances became increasingly varied.Full Answer >