When we look at these digitized books of Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and more, we are inspired to take a deeper look at the differences between readers of these stories today, and who was reading them in the past. The latter obviously changes in the intermediary years, as the development of children became more prominent and studied. There are social, economic, and political conditions that affect literacy, childhood, and what kinds of stories were consumed in any given time period.

This exhibit provides an overview of the 19th century context in which these fairytales were produced. In addition, because of the wealth of copies of Cinderella, there is contextual information on Cinderella available. For further resources and information, please visit the LibGuide on Fairytales.


Nicole Sonett