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"The world famous collection of German origin fairy tales Kinder-und Hausmarchen (KHM; English: Children's and Household Tales), commonly known as Grimm's Fairy Tales (or Grimms' Fairy Tales), was first published in 1812 by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, the Brothers Grimm.
In 1803, the Grimms met the Romantics Clemens Brentano and Ludwig Achim von Arnim at the University of Marburg. These two men stirred in the brothers an interest in ancient fairy tales. They started to collect and write down tales that they alleged had been handed down for generations. Among their sources were Dorothea Viehmann, and two Huguenot families, Hassenpflug and Wild, who introduced them to several tales of French origin.
On December 20, 1812 they published the first volume of the first edition, containing 86 stories; the second volume of 70 stories followed in 1814. For the second edition, two volumes were issued in 1819 and a third in 1822, totaling 170 tales. The third edition appeared in 1837; fourth edition, 1840; fifth edition, 1843; sixth edition, 1850; seventh edition, 1857. Stories were added, and also subtracted, from one edition to the next, until the seventh held 211 tales.
The first volumes were much criticized because, although they were called "Children's Tales", they were not regarded as suitable for children, both for the scholarly information included and the subject matter. Many changes through the editions-such as turning the wicked mother of the first edition in Snow White and Hansel and Gretel to a stepmother, were probably made with an eye to such suitability. They removed sexual references, such as Rapunzel's betraying the prince by asking why her clothing no longer fit, and so revealing her pregnancy, but in many respects, violence, particularly when punishing villains, was increased.
The tales were also criticized for being insufficiently German; this not only affected the tales they included, but their language as they changed "Fee" (fairy) to an enchantress or wise woman, every prince to a king's son, every princess to a king's daughter. They also went to considerable effort to "reconstruct" the tales, merging variants (particularly fragmentary ones) and attempting to amend corruptions.
They also added a prologue discussing the extent to which such tales were not, in fact, German, citing the many English and Norwegian analogies to the tales they had collected, and that the most extensive similarities were to Serbian fairy tales; they pointed to the Indian and Persian equivalents as proof that the tales came with the languages as part of the Indo-European heritage.
In 1825 the Brothers published their Kleine Ausgabe or "small edition," a selection of 50 tales designed for child readers. This children's version went through ten editions between 1825 and 1858." (Quote from wikipedia.org)
Table of Contents:
Publisher's Preface; The Frog-king, Or Iron Henry; Our Lady's Child; The Wolf And The Seven Little Kids; Faithful John; The Pack Of Ragamuffins; Rapunzel ; The Three Little Men In The Wood; The Three Spinners; Hansel And Grethel; The Fisherman And His Wife ; The Valiant Little Tailor; Mother Holle; The Seven Ravens; Little Red-cap ; The Bremen Town-musicians; The Girl Without Hands; Clever Elsie; Thumbling; Thumbling As Journeyman; The Six Swans; Little Briar-rose; Fundevogel ; King Thrushbeard; Little Snow-white; Rumpelstiltskin; The Three Feathers; The Golden Goose; Allerleirauh; The Wolf And The Fox; Hans In Luck; The Goose-girl; The Peasant's Wise Daughter; The Spirit In The Bottle; Bearskin; The Willow-wren And The Bear; Wise Folks; The Ungrateful Son; The Shroud; The Two Kings' Children; The Seven Swabians; One-eye, Two-eyes, And Three-eyes; Snow-white And Rose-red
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About the Author:
"Jacob Ludwig Carl Grimm
Jacob Ludwig Carl Grimm (Hanau, January 4, 1785 - September 20, 1863 in Berlin), German philologist, jurist and mythologist, was born at Hanau, in Hesse-Kassel. He is best known as the author of the monumental German Dictionary, his Deutsche Mythologie and more popularly, as one of the Brothers Grimm, as the editor of Grimm's Fairy Tales.
Wilhelm Carl Grimm
Wilhelm Carl Grimm (February 24, 1786 - December 16, 1859) was a German author, the younger of the Brothers Grimm.
He was born in Hanau, Hesse-Kassel and in 1803 he started studying law at the University of Marburg, one year after his brother Jacob did the same.
In 1825 Wilhelm married Henriette Dorothea Wild, also known as Dortchen.
From 1837-1841 the Grimm Brothers joined five of their colleague professors at the University of Gottingen to form a group known as the Gottingen Sieben (The Gottingen Seven). They protested against Ernst August, King of Hanover, whom they accused of violating the constitution. All seven were fired by the king.
Grimm died in Berlin at the age of 73.
In Terry Gilliam's The Brothers Grimm, Academy Award winner Matt Damon played a fictionalized version of Wilhelm. A slightly less fictionalized version of Wilhelm was played by Laurence Harvey in the 1962 film The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm." (Quote from wikipedia.org)
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