Posts in Snow White
The Euchatastrophe
I coined the word ‘eucatastrophe’: the sudden happy turn in a story which pierces you with a joy that brings tears (which I argued it is the highest function of fairy-stories to produce). And I was there led to the view that it produces its peculiar effect because it is a sudden glimpse of Truth
— J.R.R. Tolkien
Read a translation of the original version of Little Snow-White by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
Once upon a time in midwinter, when the snowflakes were falling like feathers from heaven, a queen sat sewing at her window, which had a frame of black ebony wood. As she sewed she looked up at the snow and pricked her finger with her needle. Three drops of blood fell into the snow. The red on the white looked so beautiful that she thought to herself, “If only I had a child as white as snow, as red as blood, and as black as the wood in this frame.”
Soon afterward she had a little daughter who was as white as snow, as red as blood, and as black as ebony wood, and therefore they called her Little Snow-White. And as soon as the child was born, the queen died.
— Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

The Victorians invented children and disturbing children's novels.

I went ahead and included the annotated Martin Gardner version here as well, because as Michial rightly said - unless you're a Victorian or Victorian scholar, there is a lot you will miss culturally just reading the Lewis Carroll text.

The Sketch-Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. by Washington Irving

Civilizing affect of women in American literature exhibit A: Rip Van Winkle goes off into the woods to get away from his horrible shrewish wife.

Michial traces the ideal of idleness that Jiminy Cricket and hobos fit into in American culture back to at least Rip Van Winkle.