LOTR · NovElla

Happy Birthday Pauline Baynes

Happy Birthday to Pauline Baynes! Pauline Baynes (September 9, 1922 – August 1, 2008) was an English artist and illustrator. Her drawings grace the covers of seminal fantasy books such as those authored by J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. Baynes illustrated this edition of Prince Caspian from The Chronicles of Narnia. You can learn more… Continue reading Happy Birthday Pauline Baynes

Cinderella · NovElla

Cinderella goes to Hollywood, En Pointe

Not every Cinderella ballet follows one of the traditional story-lines. Cinderella tries her luck in Hollywood in Rudolf Nureyev’s 1930s era ballet Cendrillon, first performed by the Ballet de l’Opéra National de Paris at Palais Garnier in 1986. In the post I wrote earlier about Cinderella Ballets, I covered the ballets that follow the original… Continue reading Cinderella goes to Hollywood, En Pointe

Cinderella · Fairy Tale · NovElla

Cinderella, En Pointe

Cinderella’s slippers glitter, even as pointe shoes! This classic story makes for an equally classic ballet. There is an enchanting score, the Cinderella Suite, or Opus 87, composed by Sergei Prokofiev, a Russian Soviet musician whose works include both ballets and operas. This is the music most often used in Cinderella renditions. The choreography by… Continue reading Cinderella, En Pointe

Cinderella · Fairy Tale · Historical · NovElla

Love Like Salt

An old folktale from Mexico, “Love Like Salt” begins in the style of King Lear, very much like the beginning of the English Cinderella story “Cap O’Rushes”. The King questions his three daughters and finds out the youngest princess loves him…as dearly as she loves salt! The story has a riches-to-rags-to-riches plot line. These stories,… Continue reading Love Like Salt

Cinderella · Fairy Tale · NovElla

Perrault vs. The Grimms

Cinderella is a fairy tale retold throughout the ages. Certain elements can be traced to different versions. Two of the most influential are Charles Perrault’s “Cendrillon, or The Little Glass Slipper” and “Aschenputtel” by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. Many of the traditional elements we associate with the Cinderella tale-type emerged from these two famous works.… Continue reading Perrault vs. The Grimms