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Snow White and the Fifty Dwarfs
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In 1812, German storytellers the Brothers Grimm published Snow White, one of the most famous fairy tales in history and the basis for a wildly successful big-screen adaptation by Walt Disney Productions in 1937. In 1934, as they began work on the animated version, the writing team at Disney compiled the following wonderful list of potential names for a group of characters whom the Brothers Grimm had chosen to leave nameless: the seven dwarfs. As we now know, Bashful, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy and Sneezy were picked from this shortlist; Dopey and the name of their leader, Doc, were chosen at a later date.
The above list is one of 125 that feature in the Lists of Note book. It’s now out of print, but I’m selling the last remaining copies of its gorgeous special edition here.