The Grimm Reader: The Classic Tales of the Brothers Grimm

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Forty of the most famous and celebrated stories from the Brothers Grimm translated and edited by a leading professor of folklore.
Even after two hundred years, the tales collected by the Brothers Grimm remain among our most powerful stories. Their scenes of unsparing savagery and jaw-dropping beauty remind us that fairy tales, in all their simplicity, have the power to change us. With some of the most famous stories in world literature, including “Cinderella,” “Little Red Riding...

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Overview

Forty of the most famous and celebrated stories from the Brothers Grimm translated and edited by a leading professor of folklore.
Even after two hundred years, the tales collected by the Brothers Grimm remain among our most powerful stories. Their scenes of unsparing savagery and jaw-dropping beauty remind us that fairy tales, in all their simplicity, have the power to change us. With some of the most famous stories in world literature, including “Cinderella,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Hansel and Gretel,” “Snow White,” as well as some less well known stories like “The Seven Ravens,” this definitive collection promises to entrance readers with the strange and wonderful world of the Brothers Grimm.
Maria Tatar’s engaging preface provides readers with the historical and cultural context to understand what these stories meant and their contemporary resonance. Fans of all ages will be drawn to this elegant and accessible collection of stories that have cast their magical spell over children and adults alike for generations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393338560
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/9/2010
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 686,607
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Introduction A. S. Byatt ix

Reading the Brothers Grimm xxi

Part 1 The Tales

1 The Frog King, or Iron Heinrich 3

2 The Poor Miller's Boy and the Cat 9

3 The Wolf and the Seven Little Goats 14

4 The Twelve Brothers 18

5 Little Brother and Little Sister 25

6 Rapunzel 33

7 The Three Little Men in the Woods 39

8 Hansel and Gretel 46

9 The Fisherman and His Wife 55

10 The Brave Little Tailor 66

11 Cinderella 77

12 Mother Holle 86

13 The Seven Ravens 90

14 Little Red Riding Hood 94

15 The Bremen Town Musicians 100

16 The Devil and His Three Golden Hairs 105

17 The Magic Table, the Gold Donkey, and the Club in the Sack 113

18 The Elves 126

19 The Robber Bridegroom 129

20 Godfather Death 134

21 Fitcher's Bird 138

22 The Juniper Tree 143

23 The Six Swans 155

24 Briar Rose 162

25 Snow White 167

26 Rumpelstiltskin 179

27 The Golden Bird 183

28 The Three Feathers 193

29 The Golden Goose 197

30 Furrypelts 202

31 The Singing, Soaring Lark 209

32 The Goose Girl 216

33 A Fairy Tale about a Boy Who Left Home to Learn about Fear 224

34 The Worn-out Dancing Shoes 236

35 The Star Talers 241

36 Snow White and Rose Red 243

37 The Golden Key 251

Part II Tales for Adults

1 The Jew in the Brambles 255

2 Mother Trudy 263

3 The Hand with the Knife 265

4 How Children Played Butcher with Each Other 267

5 Hans Dumm 270

6 The Evil Mother-in-Law 273

7 The Children Living in a Time of Famine 276

8 The Stubborn Child 278

9 The Rose 280

Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm 283

Preface to Volume 1 of the First Edition of Children's Stories and Household Tales 295

The Magic of Fairy Tales 305

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