The Grimms’ Fairy Tales, originally known as the Children’s and Household Tales is a collection of fairy tales by the Grimm brothers or “Brothers Grimm,” Jakob and Wilhelm, first published on 20th December 1812. The first edition contained 86 stories, and by the seventh edition in 1857, had 211 unique fairy tales.
For almost two centuries, the stories of magic and myth gathered by the Brothers Grimm have been part of the way children — and adults — learn about the vagaries of the real world.
Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow-White, Hänsel and Gretel, Little Red Cap a.k.a. Little Red Riding Hood, and Briar-Rose a.k.a. Sleeping Beauty are only a few of more than 200 enchanting characters included in this book. Strange, creepy, romantic and filled with all manner of twisty things, Grimm’s anthology of fairy tales is one of those classics that should be on every fable and folklore lover’s book shelves and in children’s libraries. In quite a few cases, some of the stories don’t even have the happily-ever-after ending that we’re so used to seeing.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
The Brothers Grimm Jacob and Wilhelm, were German academics, philologists, cultural researchers, lexicographers and authors who together collected and published folklore during the 19th century. They were among the first and best-known collectors of folk tales, and popularized traditional oral tale types such as “Cinderella,” “The Frog Prince,” “The Goose-Girl,” “Hansel and Gretel,” “Rapunzel”, “Rumpelstiltskin,” “Sleeping Beauty” and “Snow White.” Their classic collection Children’s and Household Tales (Kinder und Hausmärchen), was published in two volumes, in 1812 and in 1815.
The Brothers Grimm established a methodology for collecting and recording folk stories that became the basis for folklore studies. Between the first edition of 1812-15, and the seventh and final edition of 1857, they revised their collection many times, so that it grew from 156 stories to more than 200.
Many of Grimms’ folk tales have enjoyed enduring popularity. The tales are available in more than 100 languages and have been adapted by filmmakers including Lotte Reiniger and Walt Disney, with films such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Sleeping Beauty.