Beware Your Fantasy: It Might Just Come True!

October 10, 2014 6:33 AM

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Who among us doesn't like a good story? When friends ask me to identify a favorite movie, I often cite 1987's The Princess Bride for its magnificent cast, wealth of imagination, storytelling craft, emotional satisfaction, and dry sense of humor. Even more than those factors, however, is the poignant way in which the film depicts a grandfather (Peter Falk) reading a story to his sick grandson (Fred Savage).

Two years ago, a collection of nearly 500 fairy tales was discovered in an archive in Regensburg, Germany. They belonged to a collection of myths and legends that had been locked away after being gathered by Franz Xaver von Schönwerth (1810-1886), a historian living in Oberpfalz during the same peri...

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