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The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm

Format:  Paperback,

762 pages

Publisher: Random House Inc

Publish Date: Jan 2003

ISBN-13: 9780553382167

ISBN-10: 0553382160

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Nothing casts a spell over a reader like "once upon a time, " and for the past two centuries, no one has done it better than the Brothers Grimm. Unfortunately, the tales that we fondly remember from childhood are pale, watered-down versions of what the Grimms actually set down on paper.

Now you can enjoy the original, unabridged tales in this new third expanded edition of The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm, which includes the famous original 210 tales plus 29 rare tales omitted from the final edition, fascinating stories from the annotations of 1856, six highly unusual texts from a letter written by Jacob Grimm, and startling narratives from the brothers' posthumous papers. Unlike translations that tend to strip these stories of their candid language and tone, Jack Zipes' translation communicates the flavor of 19th-century German society and culture, where high ideals often mingled with brutality, superstition, and prejudice. Here, then, are the classic fairy tales we all grew up with, but told as the Brothers Grimm intended them to be: vibrant, stark, spiced with humor and violence, and resonant with the rhythms of folklore and song. For example, in this edition, there are two Snow White and Rumpelstiltskin versions, that contradict each other, and we learn that it was really Snow White's mother who sought to murder her daughter, and we learn that Rumpelstiltskin's real name was Rumpenstunzchen and that he flew off on a ladle when his name was discovered. We also read how Cinderella's sisters are ready to mutilate themselves to win a prince. The gruesome is mixed with the sentimental throughout the collection.

Among the tales never translated before there are humoroustales of bumbling fools, shrewd and cunning young women, and tragic love. Illustrated with 40 charming and evocative ink drawings by Johny Gruelle (the creator of Raggedy Ann and Andy), The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm reaffirms the place of these classic tales in world literature. Complete with a historical introduction by Jack Zipes, important notes, and an index, this definitive collection of the Grimms' tales is a hugely entertaining -- and sometimes provocative -- book for those of us who want to explore th richer, and at times, darker side of the Brothers Grimm.

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Publisher: Random House Inc
Publish Date: Jan 2003
ISBN-13: 9780553382167
ISBN-10: 0553382160
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 762
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.85
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.0 x 9.0 x 1.5

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Biography of Grimm, Wilhelm K.

Wilhelm K. Grimm (1786-1859) and his brother Jacob W. Grimm (1785-1863) 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, the collection was published as Kinder-Ind-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. Wilhelm, the younger of the two, was said to have been gentle and poetic, and his brother claimed that he was a gifted public speaker.

He studied at Marburg, then went to Cassel. In 1825, at the age of 39, he married Dorschen Wild, a playmate from his childhood, who accepted his close ties to his brother without question. Wilhelm enjoyed being married and was a devoted husband and father. Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm are buried side by side in Berlin.

Biography of Gruelle, Johnny

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.

Biography of Grimm, Jacob W.

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-Ind-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 In do-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.

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The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm

Perhaps no other stories possess as much power to enchant, delight, and surprise as those penned by the immortal Brothers Grimm. Now, in the new, expanded third edition, renowned scholar and folklorist Jack Zipes has translated all 250 tales collected and published by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, plus twenty-nine rare tales omitted from the original German edition, as well as narratives uncovered in the brothers’ letters and papers.

Truly the most comprehensive translation to date, this critically acclaimed edition recaptures the fairy tales as the Brothers Grimm intended them to be: rich, stark, spiced with humor and violence, resonant with folklore and song.

One of the world’s experts on children’s literature, Jack Zipes is a professor of German at the University of Minnesota and is the author of numerous books on folklore and fairy tales.

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