The Dark And Weird Inspiration For Some Of Our Most Beloved Fairy Tales
The just-released film, “Tale of Tales,” is a fairy tale for adults, based on the book of the same name written by a 17th century Neapolitan named Giambattista Basile.
Basile’s writing predates even the Brothers Grimm, and the tales are darker and weirder than the versions we are used to.
A new translation of Basile’s “Tale of Tales” offers English readers the opportunity to read the earliest version of “Cinderella,” along with other classic fairy tales. Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti talked with Nancy Canepa, who translated “Tale of Tales.”
- Nancy Canepa, translator of “Tale of Tales” and an associate professor of French and Italian at Dartmouth College.