Fairy Tale Confidential > Rumpelstiltskin

The beautiful and clever Miller's Daughter falls under the dark spell of the "Little Man" who magically spins her straw into gold. The classic tale from the Brothers Grimm. 

Here, Fairy Tale Confidential uncovers the original version of Rumpelstiltskin as first printed in English; and restores the more graphic ending from the Brothers Grimm version of the tale as first printed in German.

Running time: seven minutes and six seconds.
Produced & narrated by Steve Brodeur


English Major Tom > Like Unto the Lark

 "When in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes..."


Running time: one minute and seven seconds.

English Major Tom > The Sign-Off Sonnet

"That time of year thou may'st in me behold..."

Sonnet 73 is perhaps the single most popular of all Shakespeare’s poems. It is certifiably the most anthologized, coming in at number four on The Top One Hundred Poems in English as compiled by The Concise Columbia Book of Poetry.

A meditation on mortality, this beautiful bummer of a sonnet was written when Shakespeare was not yet thirty - but that was on the Elizabethan scale of life expectancy, do keep in mind.


Running time: one minute and sixteen seconds