Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm – “Cinderella” (1857)

INTRODUCTION:  As Kathryn Davis writes in her introduction to The Complete Stories of Leonora Carrington, Carrington’s “habit of refusal of the world she was born into began early and she kept at it her whole life long.”  Fairy tales and folklore were a large part of “the world she was born into” and though she could not quite refuse them, she certainly reshaped and revised them.

Carrington’s version of a Cinderella story, for example, features a human-devouring hyena who serves as both Cinderella and prince (see the attached annotated version of the Grimm version of “Cinderella” with connections to Carrington’s short story, “The Debutante”).


Annotations by:  Rachel Linn

The annotated text is adapted from:  

  • Grimm, Jacob & Wilhelm. Ed. D.L. Ashliman. “Cinderella.” Grimm Brothers’ Home Page, University of Pittsburg, 1 June 2011http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/grimm021.html. Accessed 18 Oct. 2017.

Works cited & consulted in the annotations:  

  • Carrington, Leonora. “The Debutante.” The Complete Stories of Leonora Carrington. Translated by Kathrine Talbot and Anthony Kerrigan. Dorothy, a Publishing Project, 2017, pp. 3-7.