Posted on 12/22/2020 at 03:30 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

New in the children’s department: philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein and Madame d’Aulnoy.

The former, reports Literary Hub, wrote a dictionary during his unhappy tenure as an elementary school teacher.

Wörterbuch für Volksschulen (Dictionary for Elementary Schools) is, at long last, available in English — with illustrations, too, a few of which you can preview at Lit Hub.

The latter, meanwhile, may not be as recognizable, but she’s arguably more influential.

The Guardian describes d’Aulnoy as the writer who coined the term “fairytale.”

Unsurprisingly, she wrote and published several, with her major collection of them coming out in 1697-98, but since then, she has rarely appeared outside of anthologies.

That will change in March, with the release of The Island of Happiness, a collection that will include the first-ever English translation of one story (“The Tale of Mira”).

Learn more about d’Aulnoy and her new opportunity to shine in the Guardian.

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