This article discusses the English translations of twelve of Grimms’ fairy tales
included in the hitherto forgotten edition published by Darton and Co. in 1851.
The titles and tales are identified with their German originals, and the defects
of the translation are examined. The German base text was one of the Grimm
editions published between 1837 and 1850. Other items not by the Grimms in the
edition are commented on. Identification of the tale entitled ‘Sycorine and
Argilas’ is unknown. The anonymous translator was inexperienced, without access
to a reliable dictionary, and was, probably, female.
was relatable to a British audience. 68 Texts like Bride of a King are rarely found in convent archives as they are typically ephemeral to the archive collections but this book was catalogued in the archives of the Sisters of Mercy in Handsworth. 69 The annotation on the front cover suggests teaching sisters lent the book to fourth-form students in their schools, so young girls aged thirteen or fourteen. It also appeared in another form, as a serial in the Catholic Pictorial , a weekly Catholic newspaper. Here, it was advertised as ‘The True FairyTale – The
wrote Hanrahan, mothers could influence them through story-telling.
‘Stories from the Bible, from the lives of saints, Irish history, legend,
and fairytale, will all come to her aid …’ she argued.55 Like other contemporaries, Hanrahan linked religion and nationalism with motherhood, claiming that mothers had a duty to instil both in their sons
In the 1920s and 1930s, Catholic motherhood became an adjunct to
the new nation, and religious authorities continued to dominate the
discourse on motherhood and Irishness. In November 1922, Rev. J. S