The Fairy Tale of the Green Snake and the Beautiful Lily

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Translation by Thomas Carlyle

Illustrated by David Newbatt

Hardbound, Dust-jacketed


A true fairy story is a work of art. At Michaelmas in 1795, there appeared a series of stories ending with a Fairy Tale, “The Green Snake and the Beautiful Lily.” This tale tells of a magical transformation, one that, when the time is ripe, can be experienced by every human being. The author of these stories was Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and the creation of this Fairy Tale was to have far reaching consequences.

This new edition of The Fairy Tale of the Green Snake and the Beautiful Lily is the inspiration of artist David Newbatt, who wanted to bring together the original English translation by Thomas Carlyle with a series of pictures. The marriage of Carlyle’s flowing English with Newbatts beautiful pastel paintings reveals the seven-fold process that unfolds within Goethe’s Fairy Tale. It is a process of inner development and personal transformation, a path both ancient and modern.

Together with the translation by Thomas Carlyle and the series of seven pictures by David Newbatt, the book includes an extensive introduction by Tom Raines.

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