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Happily Ever After

A guide to resources about depictions of women as fairy tale princesses

Oxford English Dictionary

Fairy Tale Princess definition

Cinderella and the Glass Slipper, illustrated by George Cruikshank, 1865

Cinderella and the Glass Slipper is part of Cruikshank's Fairy Library.

Cinderella in the Chimney Corner, illustrated by George Cruikshank, 1865

This is the frontispiece to Cinderella and the Glass Slipper.

Cinderella, illustrated by Edmund Dulac, 1916

Edmund Dulac's Picture-Book for the French Red Cross

"There, said her godmother, pointing with her wand...pick it and bring it along"

The Little Mermaid, by Hans Christian Andersen, illustrated by Dorothy Lathrop, 1939

This is the frontispiece to The Little Mermaid.

The Little Mermaid, by Hans Christian Andersen, illustrated by Dorothy Lathrop, 1939

"Am I not dearer to you than anyone?" the eyes of the little mermaid seemed to ask...

The Princess on the Seashore, illustrated by H.J. Ford, 1904

This illustration is from The Mermaid and the Boy in The Brown Fairy Book, edited by Andrew Lang.

The Mermaid and the Prince, illustrated by H.J. Ford, 1904

This illustration is from The Mermaid and the Boy in The Brown Fairy Book, edited by Andrew Lang.

"Listen, listen, said the mermaid to the prince."

A Little Princess, by Frances Hodgson Burnett, illustrated by Ethel Franklin Betts, 1905

"More than once she had been known to have a tea-party..."

Minon-Minette from The Twelve Dancing Princesses and Other Fairy Tales

retold by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, illustrated by Kay Nielsen,1923

"Ah, Princess!--Surely you are not running away from me?" 

The Real Princess (The Princess and the Pea)

illustrated by Edmund Dulac, 1916

Edmund Dulac's Picture-Book for the French Red Cross

"Not a wink the whole night long."

This is the frontispiece to The Twelve Dancing Princesses and Other Fairy Tales.

retold by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, illustrated by Kay Nielsen, 1923

"Don't drink!" cried out the little Princess, springing to her feet; "I would rather marry a gardener!"

Rapunzel, illustrated by Louis Rhead, 1917

Grimm's Fairy Tales: Stories and Tales of Elves Goblins and-Fairies

"And she let down her hair and the king's son climbed up by it"

 The Sleeping Beauty Picture Book by Walter Crane, 1911

"He wakes her with a kiss."

The Sleeping Beauty Picture Book by Walter Crane, 1911

"The wedding of the Prince and Sleeping Beauty in the Wood."

Sleeping Beauty: A Pop-Up Edition illustrated by Harold B. Lentz, 1933

"There she lay, fast asleep in the couch by the window."

Sleeping Beauty, illustrated by Louis Rhead, 1917

Grimm's Fairy Tales: Stories and Tales of Elves Goblins and-Fairies

"And there she lay fast asleep on a couch"

The Sleeping Beauty told by C.S. Evans and illustrated by Arthur Rackham, 1920

Briar Rose

 The Sleeping Beauty told by C.S. Evans and illustrated by Arthur Rackham, 1920

"Softly the Prince came near and bent over her."

Princess Images drawn from the collections of Adelphi University Special Collections.