The Poetry and Meaning of Fairy Tales

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The Poetry and Meaning of Fairy Tales: Two Lectures

Berlin, December 26, 1908, and February 3, 1913

Fairy tales aid the moral development of the young and “combine the richest spiritual wisdom with the simplest manner of expression,” said Rudolf Steiner. “When we relate fairy tales we should certainly know more than we are able to say, indeed, a great deal more.” The ideas of spiritual science provide this deeper understanding for anyone who wishes to find it.

About the Author

Rudolf Steiner (1861–1925) was born in the small village of Kraljevec, Austro-Hungarian Empire (now in Croatia), where he grew up (see right). As a young man, he lived in Weimar and Berlin, where he became a well-published scientific, literary, and philosophical scholar, known especially for his work with Goethe’s scientific writings. At the beginning of the twentieth century, he began to develop his early philosophical principles into an approach to systematic research into psychological and spiritual phenomena. Formally beginning his spiritual teaching career under the auspices of the Theosophical Society, Steiner came to use the term Anthroposophy (and spiritual science) for his philosophy, spiritual research, and findings. The influence of Steiner’s multifaceted genius has led to innovative and holistic approaches in medicine, various therapies, philosophy, religious renewal, Waldorf education, education for special needs, threefold economics, biodynamic agriculture, Goethean science, architecture, and the arts of drama, speech, and eurythmy. In 1924, Rudolf Steiner founded the General Anthroposophical Society, which today has branches throughout the world. He died in Dornach, Switzerland.

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Weight 8 oz
Dimensions 5 × 0.3 × 8 in


Ruth Pusch




January 1989






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