The Seaside Princess from Brazil


Elsie Spicer Eells

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Tonight, we’ll read a Brazilian fairy tale called “The Seaside Princess from Brazil” or “Why the Sea Moans” from the collection by Elsie Spicer Eells’s “Fairy Tales from Brazil” published in 1917. This story was originally adapted and published by Snoozecast in 2021.

The author Spicer Eells was an American researcher of folklore and a writer who traveled in the early years of the twentieth century across the Atlantic basin. Having traveled in the 1920s and ‘30s to various countries as a researcher at The Hispanic Society of America in New York, Eells was the author of numerous collections of short stories and legends based on the oral tradition of various regions she visited, including the Brazilian one we found.