Front Cover - Zezolla, The Cat Cinderella

ZEZOLLA,

THE CAT CINDERELLA

An Italian Fairytale

 

By Giambattista Basile

Translated by John Edward Taylor

Adapted by Rachel Louise Lawrence

 

"In a few years, the date-tree had grown as tall as a woman, and out of it came a Fairy, who said to Zezolla, 'What do you wish for?'"

 

Before Perrault and the Brothers Grimm, Basile penned the first modern literary transcription of the Cinderella fairytale. It is the story of Zezolla, the daughter of an Italian Prince, who is betrayed by her governess and forced to live the life of a servant - that is until the King announces a feast. With assistance from a date tree given to her by the Fairies of Sardinia, Zezolla is able to attend the feast and her life is forever changed.

 

[Folklore Type: ATU-510A (Persecuted Heroine)]

 

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Print Length: 20 pages
Publisher: Blackdown Publications

Publication Date: 18 September 2014