The complete fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm, Volume 1

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Bantam, Mar 1, 1988 - Fiction - 448 pages
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Enchanting, brimming with the wonder and magic ofááonce upon a time, the fairly tales of the BrothersááGrimm are the special stories of childhood thatáástay with us throughout our lives. But mostááAmericans know them only secondhand, in adaptations thatáágreatly reduce the tales' power to touch ourááemotions and intrigue our imaginations. Now, in the mostáácomprehensive translation to date, here are theááclassic fairy tales as the Brothers Grimm intendedááthem to be-rich, stark, spiced with humor andááviolence, resonant with the rhythms of folklore andáásong. Volume I contains 100 unabridged tales,ááincluding those best-known around theááworld:Cinderella, Snow White, Rapunzel, Hansel AndááGretel, andLittle Red Capáá[also known asLittle Red Riding Hoodáá]. These wonderful tales of life, passion, andáámake-believe appeal not only to children-whoááunabashedly love them-but to readers of any age.

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Is this new edition necessary? Only scholars are likely to persevere through all 32 of the "previously untranslated'' tales found among the 242 entries. A few, rejected by the Grimms as too French or ... Read full review


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About the author (1988)

After studying at Marburg, Jacob became a clerk in the War Office at Kassel, and in 1808 librarian to Jerome Bonaparte, King of Westphalia. In 1841 he received Professorship at Berlin, and in 1854 began work on Deutsches Worterbuch with his brother.

Jacob W. Grimm (1785-1863) and his brother Wilhelm K. Grimm (1786-1859) pioneered the study of German philosophy, law, mythology and folklore, but they are best known for their collection of fairy tales. These include such popular stories as Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty and The Frog Prince. Commonly referred to now as Grimm's Fairy Tales, their collection was published as Kinder-und-Hausmarchen (Children's and Household Tales, 1812-15). The brothers were born thirteen months apart in the German province of Hesse, and were inseparable from childhood. Throughout their lives they showed a marked lack of sibling rivalry. Most of their works were written together, a practice begun in childhood when they shared a desk and sustained throughout their adult lives. Since their lives and work were so collaborative, it is difficult now to differentiate between them, but of course there were differences.- Jacob, who studied for a time in Paris, was fascinated with variant spellings of older words. He articulated "Grimm's Law," the rules of which are still used today to determine correspondences between the consonants of German and languages in the Indo-European family. Jacob was bolder and more experimental than Wilhelm, and was rumored to be a lively dancer. Throughout his life, Jacob kept rigidly to schedule and could be extremely focused on work that demanded close attention to detail. He never married, but was a loving uncle to Wilhelm's children. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm are buried side by side in Berlin.

Author, illustrator, and cartoonist Johnny Gruelle was born in Arcola, Illinois on December 24, 1880. Throughout his life, he worked as an illustrator and cartoonist for numerous newspapers and magazines including The New York Herald and McCall's. In 1914, he received his first book commission which was a set of illustrations for a volume of Grimms' fairy tales. He is best known for creating the Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls and stories. It all started when he gave his daughter Marcella a dusty, faceless doll that was found in his mother's attic. He drew a face on it, named her Raggedy Ann, and created stories about her for Marcella. Eventually, he decided to recreate the doll and stories for other children and in 1915, he patented and trademarked the design of the doll. He published the first book and matching doll in 1918 with the P. F. Volland Company. Many more stories and the Raggedy Andy doll soon followed. He died on January 9, 1939.

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