The Flight of the Cotton Fairies
An 1890s Victorian Fairy Tale of Old Willimantic
by Rose Terry Cooke
Additional essay by Jamie H. Eves
Originally published in 1893. A fairy tale about Idola, a lazy fairy sentenced to learn the value of hard work by being transformed into cotton, then then manufactured into thread at the Willimantic Linen Company in Willimantic, CT.
Originally published by the Willimantic Linen Company. Republished, with a historical essay by Jamie Eves, as “The Flight of the Cotton Fairies,” in 2011.
FLIGHT OF THE COTTON FAIRIES (.pdf)