The Brothers Grimm: From Enchanted Forests to the Modern World, Second Edition

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Palgrave Macmillan, Dec 6, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 331 pages
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Most of the fairy tales that we grew up with we know thanks to the Brothers Grimm. Jack Zipes, one of the more astute critics of fairy tales, explores the romantic myth of the brothers as wandering scholars, who gathered "authentic" tales from the peasantry. Bringing to bear his own critical expertise as well and new biographical information, Zipes examines the interaction between the Grimms' lives and their work. He reveals the Grimms' personal struggle to overcome social prejudice and poverty, as well as their political efforts--as scholars and civil servants--toward unifying the German states. By deftly interweaving the social, political, and personal elements of the lives of the Brothers Grimm, Zipes rescues them from sentimental obscurity. No longer figures in a fairy tale, the Brothers Grimm emerge as powerful creators, real men who established the fairy tale as one of our great literary institutions. Part biography, part critical assessment, and part social history, The Brothers Grimm provides a complex and very real story about fairy tales and the modern world.

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While documenting their abilities and importance, the author emphasizes the fact that Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm did not do what the sentimental "myth" about them says they did -- they did not preserve ... Read full review

The Brothers Grimm: from enchanted forests to the modern world

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Zipes is probably the leading American authority on the fairy tale, which makes this new edition of his classic study of the Brothers Grimm (1988) especially welcome. Zipes has significantly revised ... Read full review


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About the author (2002)

JACK ZIPES is Professor of German and Director for the Center for German and European Studies at the University of Minnesota. His many books on fairy tales and folklore include When Dreams Came True. He has also edited the Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales and is the translator and editor of The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm. He has recently published Unlikely History with Palgrave Macmillan. Zipes is the most well-known critic of children's literature and has a major following of his own.