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GOING PUBLIC 10.7.11
Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs - A Tale from the Brothers Grimm
(and no, those are not typos - they are from the translation before me)
I am holding in my hands, and reading from, the beautiful and dark storybook I received from my grandparents as a very young child. I became fascinated with the unique and powerful illustrations by Nancy Eckholm Burkert. And this version, unlike the sugar-coated versions I had read previously, featured the original ending: the wicked stepmother/Queen is forced to dance in red-hot iron shoes until she is dead. The illustration for this scene is simply a darkened street with empty iron boots, juxtaposed with the wedding scene on the opposite page.
The story stayed largely in the back of my mind, buried deeply, even occasionally repudiated by my feminist, conscious mind as outdated and even misogynistic. Until...until I was fortunate enough to have several conversations with Harald Azmann, author of The True Snow White. Harald reminded me of the power of fairytales, the archetypal journey, and the mirror the Queen finds in Snow White, and vice versa.
Thank you, Harald, for bringing the beauty and meaning of this story back to the forefront of my mind, where it belongs.