I can assure the readers of this blog that the English translations I have listed of the original French, German, Dutch, Italian and Russian works are all the definitive translations. I can further assure the readers of the German and Russian ones that the translations are absolutely excellent (this I can say because of my German fluency and reading knowledge of Russian). Hopefully I will be able to get authorities on the other translations soon.

Fairy Tale Collections: The Primary Sources

The Brothers Grimm

1. “Kinder- und Hausmärchen.” The Brothers Grimm. Many editions 1812-1855. Definitive German edition collected by Heinz Rölleke, published by Artemis and Winkler Verlag, under the label Winkler Weltliteratur. 2005.

2. ‘The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm All-New Third Edition.” The Brothers Grimm, translated by Jack Zipes. Definitive English editon. Published by Bantam Books, 2003. ISBN 0553897403, 9780553897401

Charles Perrault

1. “Histoires ou Contes du Temps passé.” Charles Perrault, originally published 1697.

2. “Les Contes de ma Mère l’Oie.” Charles Perrault. Published by French & European Pubns, 1980. ISBN 0685340244, 9780685340240

3. “The Complete Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault.” Charles Perrault. Translated by Nicoletta Simborowski, Neil Philip. Illustrated by Sally Holmes. Clarion Books, 1993. ISBN 0395570026, 9780395570029

Hans Christian Andersen

1. “Eventyr.” Hans Christian Andersen. Published by Damm and Søn, 1993. ISBN 8251777550, 9788251777551

2. “The Complete Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales.” Hans Christian Andersen. Translated by Lily Owens. Published by Random House Value Publishing, 2006. ISBN 0517229242, 9780517229248.

Alexander Afanasyev

1. “Народне Русские Сказки” (Narodnye russkie skazki). Alexander Afanasyev. Published by Izd-vo Nauka, 1984.

2. “Russian Fairy Tales.” Alexander Afanasyev. Pantheon (September 12, 1976). ISBN: 0394730909, 978-0394730905

Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jorgen Moe

1. “East O’ the Sun and West O’ the Moon: Fifty-nine Norwegian Folk Tales from the Collection of Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe.” Courier Dover Publications, 1970. ISBN 0486225216, 9780486225210.

Howard Schwartz

1. “Lilith’s Cave: Jewish Tales of the Supernatural.” Oxford University Press, 1991. ISBN 0195067266, 9780195067262

Isaac Bashevis Singer

1. “Gimpel the Fool, and Other Stories.” Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1978. ISBN 0374162441, 9780374162443.

George MacDonald

1. “Phantastes.” George MacDonald. Published by Daldy, Isbister, & Co., 1874.

2. “The Princess and the Goblin.’ George MacDonald. Strahan & Co, 1872.

Joseph Jacobs

1. English Fairy Tales (1890).

2. More English Fairy Tales (1894).

3. Celtic Fairy Tales (1892).

4. More Celtic Fairy Tales (1894).

5. Indian Fairy Tales (1912).

6. European Folk and Fairy Tales (1916)

Anna Eliza Bray

1. A Peep at the Pixies, or Legends of the West. 1854.

Oscar Wilde

1. “The Happy Prince and other Stories.” Oscar Wilde. Published by Penguin, 1997. ISBN 014086458X, 9780140864588

Frank Stockton

1. “The Floating Prince, And Other Stories.” C. Scribner and Sons, 1881

2. “The Lady, or the Tiger?” Kensington Publishing 2005, ISBN 1417926813, 9781417926817.

L. Frank Baum

1. “The Wizard of Oz.” Kensington Publishing, 2004. ISBN 1419188321, 9781419188329.

2. “American Fairy Tales.” Courier Dover Publications, 1978. ISBN 0486236439, 9780486236438.

Giovanni Francesco Straparola

1. Le piacevoli notti. Exact date unknown. Unable to find any copies in print in Italian.

2. The Facetious Nights of Straparola. Society of Bibliophiles, 1901.

Giambattista Basile

1. Lo cunto de li cunti overo lo trattenemiento de peccerille. 1634.

2. The Tale of Tales, Or Entertainment for Little Ones. Tran. Nancy Canepa. Wayne St. Uni. Press, 2007.

Suzanne Crowder Han

1. “Korean Folk and Fairy Tales.” Hollym Publishing, Seoul: 1991.

Various Cultures
Andrew Lang

1. “The Blue Fairy Book.” BiblioBazaar, LLC, 2007. ISBN 1426419023, 9781426419027.

2. “The Crimson Fairy Book.” Longmans, Green, 1951.

3. “The Red Fairy Book.” Longmans, Green, 1895.

4. “The Green Fairy Book.” 1st World Lib Inc, 2007. ISBN 1421839237, 9781421839233.

5. “The Yellow Fairy Book.” McGraw-Hill, 1967.

6. “The Pink Fairy Book.” Peter Smith Pub Inc, 1966. ISBN 084460755X, 9780844607559.

7. “The Brown Fairy Book.” Courier Dover Publications, 1965. ISBN 0486214389, 9780486214382.

8. “The Grey Fairy Book.” Longmans, Green and co., 1909.

9. “The Violet Fairy Book.” Longmans, Green, 1901.

10. “The Lilac Fairy Book.” Wildside Press, 2007. ISBN 143448677X, 9781434486776.

11. “The Orange Fairy Book.” Longmans, Green, and Co., 1906.

12. “The Olive Fairy Book.” Longmans, Green, and Co., 1907.

Middle Eastern
The Arabian Nights

1. The Arabian Nights: Tales from a Thousand and One Nights. Translated by Richard Francis Burton. Contributor A. S. Byatt. Published by Modern Library, 2001. ISBN 0375756752, 9780375756757.

A special note on the Arabian Nights: I have included them, even though their status as “fairy tales” is questionable. I have chosen the Richard Burton translation, and the abridged edition at that. The reason for this is simple: The Arabian Nights spans thousands of pages. I believe a sampling of the tales is best at first. As to Richard Burton: his translation is the richest, but perhaps takes the most liberties.