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Maria Tatar redefines the Grimm canon with this authoritative and entertaining collection.The Annotated Brothers Grimm celebrates the richness and dramatic power of the legendary fables in the most spectacular and unusual Grimm volume in decades. Containing forty stories in new translations by Maria Tatar—including "Little Red Riding Hood," "Cinderella," "Snow White," and "Rapunzel"—the book also features 150 illustrations, many of them in color, by legendary painters such as George Cruikshank and Arthur Rackham;...

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Maria Tatar redefines the Grimm canon with this authoritative and entertaining collection.The Annotated Brothers Grimm celebrates the richness and dramatic power of the legendary fables in the most spectacular and unusual Grimm volume in decades. Containing forty stories in new translations by Maria Tatar—including "Little Red Riding Hood," "Cinderella," "Snow White," and "Rapunzel"—the book also features 150 illustrations, many of them in color, by legendary painters such as George Cruikshank and Arthur Rackham; hundreds of annotations that explore the historical origins, cultural complexities, and psychological effects of these tales; and a biographical essay on the lives of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. Perhaps most noteworthy is Tatar's decision to include tales that were previously excised, including a few bawdy stories and others that were removed after the Grimms learned that parents were reading the book to their children—stories about cannibalism in times of famine and stories in which children die at the end. Enchanting and magical, The Annotated Brothers Grimm will cast its spell on children and adults alike for decades to come.

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Neil Gaiman
The Annotated Brothers Grimm treats the stories as something important -- not, in the end, because of what they tell us of the buried roots of Germanic myth, or because of the often contradictory and intermittently fashionable psychoanalytic interpretations, or for any other reason than that they are part of the way we see the world, because they should be told. That's what I took from it, anyway. But fairy tales are magic mirrors: they show you what you wish to see.
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Tatar (languages & literature, Harvard) presents her translations of 40 folktales collected by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, taking care to balance male and female protagonists. modern favorites like "Cinderella" and "Rapunzel" stand side by side with more obscure stories, such as "How the Children Played Butcher with Each Other" (which is as gruesome as the title implies). The multiple versions/variations given for each story include those that date back long before the Grimm Brothers time. While Jack Zipes's The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm includes many more stories, Tatar's clear and informative commentary on the many theories regarding the origins, meaning, and detail of the selected stories makes this an important addition to the canon. Adding extra interest and depth are 150 illustrations (many in color) by L. Leslie Brooke, Arthur Rackham, Wanda G g, and others. An outstanding addition to folklore, children's literature, and Germanic studies collections; also recommended for any collection of traditional folk and fairy tales. Mary Morgan Smith, Northland P.L., Pittsburgh Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393058482
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/13/2004
  • Series: Annotated Books Series
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 10.08 (w) x 8.76 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jacob Grimm (1785-1863) is the author, along with his brother Wilhelm, of the classic tales of folklore and fantasy collectively known as Grimm's Fairy Tales. Also a librarian and dictionary writer, Jacob was an acclaimed linguist and academic who elaborated "Grimm's Law," a major historical breakthrough in the development of the study of linguistics.

Wilhelm Grimm (1786-1859) studied law in the early 1800s but became much better known as an accomplished and passionate storyteller and, with his brother Jacob, one of the Grimm Brothers, who gave the world the groundbreaking and fantastic collection of folklore, fairy stories, and fantasy tales we now call Grimm's Fairy Tales.

Maria Tatar chairs the Program in Folklore and Mythology at Harvard University. She is the author of Enchanted Hunters: The Power of Stories in Childhood, Off with Their Heads! Fairy Tales and the Culture of Childhood and many other books on folklore and fairy stories. She is also the editor and translator of The Annotated Hans Christian Andersen, The Annotated Brothers Grimm, The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales, The Annotated Peter Pan, The Classic Fairy Tales: A Norton Critical Edition and The Grimm Reader. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Reading the Grimms' Children's Stories and Household Tales : origins and cultural effects of the collection
Pt. I The tales 1
1 The frog king, or iron Heinrich 3
2 A fairy tale about a boy who left home to learn about fear 14
3 The wolf and the seven little goats 29
4 The twelve brothers 36
5 Little brother and little sister 44
6 Rapunzel 54
7 The three little men in the woods 63
8 Hansel and Gretel 72
9 The fisherman and his wife 86
10 The brave little tailor 100
11 Cinderella 113
12 Mother Holle 128
13 The seven ravens 135
14 Little red riding hood 140
15 The Bremen town musicians 150
16 The devil and his three golden hairs 157
17 The magic table, the gold donkey, and the club in the sack 166
18 The elves 183
19 The robber bridegroom 187
20 Godfather death 194
21 Fitcher's bird 201
22 The juniper tree 208
23 The six swans 224
24 Briar rose 232
25 Snow white 240
26 Rumpelstiltskin 256
27 The golden bird 264
28 The three feathers 276
29 The golden goose 282
30 Furrypelts 291
31 The singing, soaring lark 301
32 The goose girl 310
33 The poor Miller's boy and the cat 322
34 The worn-out dancing shoes 330
35 The star talers 338
36 Snow white and rose red 341
37 The golden key 353
Pt. II Tales for adults 357
1 The Jew in the brambles 359
2 Mother trudy 367
3 The hand with the knife 369
4 How children played butcher with each other 371
5 Hans dumm 373
6 The evil mother-in-law 376
7 The children living in a time of famine 379
8 The stubborn child 381
9 The rose 383
Pt. III The brothers Grimm : biographical essay 385
Pt. IV Other matters 397
Prefaces to the first two editions of the Grimms' Children's Stories and Household Tales 399
Pt. V The magic of fairy tales 429
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2006

    BUY this Book!

    Maria Tater brings together all my favorite Childhood stories in this Wonderful Volume. If you are not a Fan of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, you will be after purchasing this Book! It contains Versions of some tales that are Not for children, But They are also great to read!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 22, 2009

    multi-faceted appreciation of Grimm's fairy tales

    THE ANNOTATED BROTHERS GRIMM, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, edited with a Preface and Notes by Maria Tatar, translated by Maria Tatar, Introduction by A. S. Byatt. Norton, 500 Fifth Ave., NY, 10110. 2004. 462+lvii pp. $35.00 hard cover/7' x 10', ISBN 0-393-05848-4. color/black-and-white illustrations, bibliography. With its color illustrations by Rackham, Nielsen, Cruikshank, and other popular book illustrators, and simple, spritey translations by Tatar, this collection of Grimm's Tales can be appreciated solely for its visual and literary quality. The rich blue cover with gilded decoration and lettering contributes as well to the special quality of this book. But for readers looking for more than the timeless fairy tales tales well told complemented by pleasing illustrations, Tatar's marginal annotations and introductory essay 'Reading the Grimms' along with A. S. Byatt's 10-page Introduction enhance the tales in citing the origins of their elements, pointing to references of their characters and imagery, and denoting particular representations of themes and teachings found in all fairy tales and similar children's literature. Such material defines the distinctiveness of the Grimm's works while also setting them within the wide and long tradition of children's literature. With its inclusion of nine Grimm's 'Tales for Adults' omitted from typical collections along with the varied other material allowing for appreciation or study of the many fairy tales in different ways, this work stands alone in its treatment of the tales. It's a part of the publisher's series of annotated editions of popular classics, including the Wizard of Oz and the Sherlock Holmes mysteries.

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  • Posted December 1, 2011

    informative and entertaining

    Lots of good stuff here, stories in modern translation, images, biographies of the 2 brothers, and introductions to each tale. Read up on "The Juniper Tree," my favorite.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2010

    Readable

    A useful and informative book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2012

    Recommended

    Great illustrations! Stories ain't bad either!

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