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Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions)

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by Brothers Grimm, Arthur Rackham (Illustrator), Jakob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm

Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales collects more than 200 tales set down by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm in the early decades of the nineteenth century, among them some of the best-loved and most famous fairy tales in all literature: "Little Red Riding Hood," "Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs," "Cinderella," "Sleeping


Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales collects more than 200 tales set down by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm in the early decades of the nineteenth century, among them some of the best-loved and most famous fairy tales in all literature: "Little Red Riding Hood," "Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs," "Cinderella," "Sleeping Beauty," "Rapunzel," "Rumpelstiltskin," and "Tom Thumb." Derived from folk tales that had been part of the oral storytelling tradition for centuries, these stories are acknowledged as literary landmarks that transcend their time and culture. This edition also features ten rarely seen "Children's Legends" and the full-color artwork of Arthur Rackham. Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales is one of Barnes & Noble's Collectible Editions classics. Each volume features authoritative texts by the world's greatest authors in an exquisitely designed bonded-leather binding, with distinctive gilt edging and a ribbon bookmark. Decorative, durable, and collectible, these books offer hours of pleasure to readers young and old and are an indispensable cornerstone for every home library.

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6.34(w) x 9.46(h) x 1.86(d)

Meet the Author

When Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, aka the Brothers Grimm, set out to collect stories in the early 1800s, their goal was not to entertain children but to preserve Germanic folklore. Once the brothers saw how the stories entranced young readers, however, they began softening some of the harsher aspects to make them more suitable for children. A cornerstone of Western culture since the early 1800s, Grimm’s Fairy Tales is now one of the world’s most beloved books.

Brief Biography

Place of Birth:
Hanau, Germany
Place of Death:
Berlin, Germany

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Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classics Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales (Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classics) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 111 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I first bought this book, I thought that it was a mistake, mainly because I thought the stories were rather dull with a "happily ever after" ending. I was proven wrong after the first story I read. The Grimm's Fairy Tales are MUCH more gruesome and chilling, that they gave me a sense of reality. This collection is far from a terrible read. Once you begin the first story, you won't ever be able to put it down!
Eya More than 1 year ago
These stories are the originals. I share them with my eight year old daughter and we compare them to the stories rewritten for this day and age. It is nice that I can teach her about life in ancient times and why some stories were written the way they were. God and devotions to God remain in tact, but not in a way that preaches. It allows to expand on the way people thought so long ago, because many of us know public schools omitt God, and pious natures of books. Also the stories are more like a teaching fable rather as compared to today's fairy tales. As my children learn how to read well in school, I use these classics to expand their minds, getting them ready to use classics, such as the short stories in this book, as a way to compare ideals of the past with ideals of the present for their future college endeavors. The cover is greatly detailed, drawing attention of children and adults of many ages. This is a book that can be a family heirloom as it shared with children, and grandchildren. Not only that it makes a great display piece to sit on top of book shelf, in a childs room, or placed near a fireplace. The price alone is worth the money for a soft covered book with these classics, and yet this a nice hardcover made to last for generations of readers. This is a bargain of the decade.
ericalovesbooks More than 1 year ago
The book opens with a brief history of the Brothers Grimm which helps the reader appreciate the origin of these stories and the struggles the brothers went through. It has been so fun to read through the stories in their 'original' form. I can't wait for my daughter to get a little older so I can read them to her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Grimm Brothers, while being no strangers to modern people, have often been crushed and forgotten as those people whose tales were converted to the much beloved animated movies by Walt Disney throughout the twentieth century. And despite the few who know the importance of the existence of their works, are largely labeled as thieves, due to their plagiarism of folklore around Germany. This rather dogmatic viewpoint is brought on by those who refute childhood, and those whose smugness resorts from following the trends of such pedantic prudes. On the other hand, of course is this wonderful leather-bound edition as published by Barnes & Noble. Their is no doubt in my mind that this edition is beautiful, it does however have a multitude of flaws which severely limits the lifespan of this edition. The full color pages, while delightfully pretty, are insufferably weak, as I have been able to-quite accidentally-cut a page using only the marker-ribbon. Ultimately, I adore this product, and only wish for the color pages to be more durable than what they currently are.
bookloverOW More than 1 year ago
I loved this book growing up and now that I have my own kid I read this book to her. My child is only a couple months old but she loves being read to. I can't wait until she's older and understands what I am reading her.
YronimosW More than 1 year ago
I read this one cover-to-cover on the commute to and from work. The book looks beautiful, and held up very well to being carried in a backpack and read on a crowded train, it still looks brand new, and my impression is that it is built to last a good, long time. I've read most of the tales before, but when i was much, much younger. As other reviewers have said, and as you'd probably expect, the stories are not the sanitized Disney versions, but considerably darker - probably not suitable for sensitive children at all. The Brothers Grimm did, however, sanitize the original tales a bit, taking out much of the violence and sexual content, but I don't think most modern readers would realize it without reading between the lines a bit - it's still there, but implied subtly, or hidden altogether. Interestingly, the girls and women in the stories are typically much, much stronger and more independent than the heroines of more modern versions of the tales. Something I didn't remember about the stories was the rather striking number of older, pagan fairy tales which had been given a quick, religious make-over: the angels, devils, and saints in those occasional tales clearly would have been faeries, elves, and dwarves in the earliest incarnations of the stories, the Virgin Mary has been substituted for pagan goddesses, faerie queens, and witches in some of the stories, and various saints, Jesus, and God have replaced trickster gods in others. The effect is vaguely jarring and somewhat surreal, but again, reading between the lines a bit, one can fairly easily imagine what the original tales might have been like before being retold with nominally Christian characters. To address some of the things mentioned by other reviewers: The book seems quite sturdy to me, I had no problems with torn pages or flaking covers. The illustrations, typography, cover, and overall presentation are very nice, and this looks and feels exactly the way an old book of faerie tales should, and I noticed no typos or other errors (though there may have been some archaic spellings and sentence structures that would have been artifacts of translation and the time the book was originally written.) The introduction describing the Grimms and what they were trying to accomplish is the best place to start reading this - it's essentially an archive of tales handed down through generations orally which were in danger of vanishing. The book didn't seem like a long or tedious read to me; some of the repeated stories were clearly regional variants of the tales as collected by the Brothers Grimm. The stories and illustrations were a product of their time, and indeed the small handful of tales referencing Jews were unfortunate, but a window into the beliefs of the German people at the time, and much easier to handle in the context of better understanding a foreign people from a different time. I would certainly recommend this book to the library of anyone interested in classic literature, European history and culture, fantasy, horror stories, and faerie tales; it's probably not suitable for younger children, but it's a great read for older children and adults.
Pr_Mico More than 1 year ago
Let&rsquo;s be real, this book will take forever to finish. Well, at least for me it will. I enjoy the Grimm's dark tales because everyone is mostly known with the clean and happy tales, and these are actually the complete gruesome details. I'm not saying I love the grisly of these tales, but it's interesting growing up and thinking they were all sweet and dandy, when they actually have a dark and twisted side to them. I'm everywhere in this book, reading different tales out of order, but will be done reading it completely someday. If you don't finish it, it definitely is a lovely addition to your book collection.
Taz4591 More than 1 year ago
As my father's family is german, it was only natural for my brother and I to grow up reading the Grimm's brothers. When I saw this book in the store, I turned into a child again. I HAD to own it, and I do. This collection contains the adult versions of these very popular tales. Because of the quality and craftmenship of this book, any little ones will have to be content reading my Children's Classics edition. I have gotton half-way through this edition. Be warned, the sticker may attempt to fall off.
turtles_mama More than 1 year ago
Received as a gift. Read from it everynight to my daughter. Only downside, not many pictures.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful compilation of Grimm's fairy tales. A very attractive and collector style book. This would make a wonderful gift - if even to yourself! A great book to pass down. Highly recommended.
Fire-Dancer More than 1 year ago
I have always loved fairy tales (who doesn't?)and Grimm's were always my favorite. When i saw this beautiful leatherbound version, i couldn't pass it up!
Jeep2000 More than 1 year ago
This collection of Grimm's fairy tales is nicely bound for gift giving at a reasonable price.
Terrence_Scott More than 1 year ago
wonderful collectors item. beautiful full-color pictures. nice-written. thrilling tales. period
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lacubana3 More than 1 year ago
I decided I was going to get the whole collection, four at a time. I haven't even got my first four and I am so excited to read them and share them with my family. These will be a family heirloom to us. I would suggest these Tales for all ages and know that the tales are all a comfort for the elderly to small children. I have read all your reviews based on these books and I am in agreement with all y our opinions so I know I don't have the books yet but I know what to expect and can't wait!
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The-Chosen-one More than 1 year ago
This book is absolutely beautiful from the golden shine on the cover and pages to the painted forest found inside. All of the artwork done by Arthur Rackham are incredible and while reading I loved discovering pieces within the pages. The stories are incredible short though which I actually enjoyed. Even though they were short didn't mean that they were short of meaning.
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Grimm's fairy tales is nicely bound as a gift.
Dragongirl7 More than 1 year ago
These stories were interesting, and sometimes entertaining. However, after about half of them, they start repeating with the same stories, perhaps with different characters and monsters, but still noticably the same story. I had to push myself to finish this huge book, as they got a bit dry towards the middle and on.
Lovely_Jamie More than 1 year ago
This book is exactly want someone with an imaginative mind needs. The look of it gives it a classic look and the stories are just like how I remembered them. The Brothers Grimm has created classic fairy tales with the dark twist added to them, which is perfect for my friends and I. I get to enjoy a classic fairy tale every night!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book would be a welcome addition to your personal library. I am excited to actually own such a beautiful book. A few of the stories were told to me as a child. I look forward to sharing these stories with my grandchildren. The ordering process was quick and easy. Deliver was quick. The book was exactly as described.
readingissexy23 More than 1 year ago
I just received this as a Christmas gift and am absolutely delighted with it. The stories are great for any age and the illustrations are stunning!