Cornelia was born in Manhattan on the 18th of February, 1928. She attended Yale University School of Art in New Haven, CT, taking courses in painting and sculpture. Aside from her oil paintings, Cornelia also created marionettes. She wrote and illustrated “Seventeen Poems of Fairyland” in 1952. Cornelia Schwarz Stefatos was a Democratic Party Chairwoman for 15 years. In 1973, Cornelia retreated to a Victorian Mansion in New Brighton, Staten Island, where she lived with her old dog Shempie and fellow artists. She died on the 16th of January, 1998.
A Fairy Cookery
Windows of woodland kitchens are alight,
A-blaze with coppery kettles on the peat,
Lids flash and ladles gallop in the pot
As cooks, the chattering cooks, concoct a treat!
Puddings of poppy-seed and pansy sauce,
A soup of spicy nuts and sour-grass,
Poke-berries rolled in yellow pollen dust,
Mint tea and sugar-dew-drops,
A fairy pussy purrs by every fire,
Sparks lightly falling into smoky silk!
Green, greedy eyes approve the fairy feast,
Long whiskers dipping into squirrel’s milk!
A rainbow-colored wine and star-dust bread,
Mauve marmalade and pickled hornet’s feet,
Thin milkweed cookies, hexagons of honey,
Root soup, and roast snap-dragon meat!
Excerpt from “Seventeen Poems of Fairyland”
Written and illustrated by Cornelia Schwarz, 1952