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The Annotated Brothers Grimm

The Annotated Brothers Grimm

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by Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm
     
 

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Celebrate the 200th birthday of the Brothers Grimm stories with this lavish volume now richly expanded for a new generation.
Publication of the Grimms’ Children’s Stories and Household Tales in 1812 brought the great European oral folk tradition into print for the first time. The Annotated Brothers Grimm returns in a deluxe and augmented

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Celebrate the 200th birthday of the Brothers Grimm stories with this lavish volume now richly expanded for a new generation.
Publication of the Grimms’ Children’s Stories and Household Tales in 1812 brought the great European oral folk tradition into print for the first time. The Annotated Brothers Grimm returns in a deluxe and augmented 200th-anniversary edition commemorating that landmark event. Adding to such favorites as “Cinderella,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Snow White,” and “Rapunzel,” Maria Tatar includes six new entries, among them “Four Clever Brothers,” “The Water of Life,” “The White Snake,” and “The Old Man and His Grandson.” The expanded edition features an enhanced selection of illustrations, many in color, by legendary artists such as George Cruikshank and Arthur Rackham; annotations that explore the historical origins, cultural context, and psychological effects of the tales; and a biographical essay on Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. A perennial favorite in the acclaimed Norton Annotated series, this magnificent volume will draw both children and adults into the enchanting world of fairy tales.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The 200th anniversary of the publication of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm's Children's Stories and Household Tales is the occasion for Tatar, a Harvard professor and leading fairytale scholar, to expand her annotated translation of selected tales (initially published in 2004). Adding only six new stories to the previous edition, readers won't find much new reading material here, but illustrations and expanded annotations enrich the text. Divided into "The Tales" (for children) and "Tales for Adults," there's fodder for burgeoning bookworms, nostalgic grown-ups, and serious academics. Beloved classics like "Rumpelstiltskin," "Hansel and Gretel," and "Rapunzel" occupy the first section, whereas lesser-known tales like the grisly "How Children Played Butcher with Each Other" and the anti-Semitic "The Jew in the Brambles" are appropriately sequestered in the second. But despite the separation, Tatar is consistent in her scholarly examination of each story—in illuminating introductions and annotations, she is equally comfortable calling up the German philosopher Walter Benjamin, imagining how audiences might respond to particular passages, and providing cross-references to other stories. This rich and valuable edition brilliantly showcases the brothers' storytelling acumen, and reinforces their tales as timeless for both children and for scholars. Illus. (Oct.)
The New Yorker
[Tatar's] edition is the one I would recommend.— Joan Acocella
New York Times
[O]ne of today’s most appealing versions is the Harvard scholar Maria Tatar’s Annotated Brothers Grimm, rereleased in a new edition this Fall.— Amanda Katz
The New Yorker - Joan Acocella
“[Tatar's] edition is the one I would recommend.”
New York Times - Amanda Katz
“[O]ne of today’s most appealing versions is the Harvard scholar Maria Tatar’s Annotated Brothers Grimm, rereleased in a new edition this Fall.”
Amanda Katz - New York Times
“[O]ne of today’s most appealing versions is the Harvard scholar Maria Tatar’s Annotated Brothers Grimm, rereleased in a new edition this Fall.”
Joan Acocella - The New Yorker
“[Tatar's] edition is the one I would recommend.”
School Library Journal
Fifty-two tales, many well-known and loved, some unfamiliar, and nine specifically for adults, are extensively illustrated with art from the works of Arthur Rackham, Walter Crane, Wanda Gag, Leslie Brooke, and others. Each tale is accompanied by copious annotations that highlight the changes from one Grimm edition to another, views and translations of other scholars, and Tatar's own historical or cultural analysis. The preface, expanded from one and a half pages in the 2004 edition to six pages here, is a discussion of the significance of fairy tales that, through many retellings, have a "shared cultural repertoire." A.S. Byatt's thought-provoking introduction is a personal homage to the genre and discusses the conceits found in the tales, the psychological need in all societies for "untrue stories," and an appreciation of their magic and mystery. The section called "Reading the Grimms" is a look at the origin of the tales, including Asian and European variants, and the brothers' method of collecting. A biographical section includes information about the men's personal lives, their interest in law and politics, and their other literary pursuits. The last section is a delightful compilation of brief essays by fairy-tale fans about the usefulness, delight, and pervasiveness of the tales. Rounding out the collection are an extensive bibliographies of books and illustrations. Academic enough for the scholarly and thoroughly engaging enough for general readers, this browsable collection will enchant fairy-tale lovers everywhere.—Jackie Gropman, formerly at Chantilly Regional Library, VA
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.
The New York Times
Library Journal
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393088861
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
10/15/2012
Edition description:
The Bicentennial Edition
Pages:
552
Sales rank:
134,932
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.70(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.

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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