The Picture Language of Folktales by Friedel Lenz

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Friedel Lenz

Fairy tales speak in a visual language—but what do these pictures speak of? In The Picture Language of Folktales, Friedel Lenz looks at fairy tales and their original images as part of the development of human consciousness. The characters of these stories are human beings living within two worlds—one which is physically visible and experienced through bodily senses and another that is not visible but nonetheless sensed. Friedel Lenz’s consideration of these stories, twenty-five tales originally collected and retold by the Brothers Grimm from 1812 to 1857, offers the possibility of limbering up our thinking and feeling to allow the pictures of these stories to speak. From the first English translation by Clopper Almon.

Friedel Lenz (1897–1970) knew Rudolf Steiner and studied in the Waldorf teacher training program. In World War II, her husband and two daughters were killed; she and two sons survived. She then made a new life for herself as a teller of folktales to children and a lecturer who brought them alive and made them understandable to adults.

283 pages, perfect-bound.

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