The Fairy Tale

By Bruce Donehower
Goethe’s Fairy Tale is “the archetypal seed” of the anthroposophical movement. – Rudolf Steiner

“For those whose acquaintance with Goethe’s The Fairy tale of the Green Snake and the Beautiful Lily is through the 1832 translation by Thomas Carlyle, Bruce Donehower’s new translation will be a breath of fresh air – contemporary, accessible and inviting. Donehower’s Afterword views the tale genially under the sign of friendship, and provides the reader with welcome permission to stop mining the text for significances, and just to enjoy.”

— Fred Dennehy, actor, playwright, and Classholder for the New York City branch of the School of Spiritual Science


“The Fairy Tale came to birth as a result of the friendship between Goethe and Schiller, and friendship is a dominant theme in the Tale. Schiller was the first and primary audience for the work. As is well known, it was the friendship between these two individuals, Goethe and Schiller, that inaugurated the period in European literature known as Weimar Classicism.”

–From the Afterword “Goethe in Paradise.”