Grimm's Fairy Tales (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) [NOOK Book]

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Overview

Grimm's Fairy Tales, by Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics:
  • New introductions commissioned from today's top writers and scholars
  • Biographies of the authors
  • Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events
  • Footnotes and endnotes
  • Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work
  • Comments by other famous authors
  • Study questions to challenge the reader's viewpoints and expectations
  • Bibliographies for further reading
  • Indices & Glossaries, when appropriate
All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences—biographical, historical, and literary—to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works.

With the words “Once upon a time,” the Brothers Grimm transport readers to a timeless realm where witches, giants, princesses, kings, fairies, goblins, and wizards fall in love, try to get rich, quarrel with their neighbors, and have magical adventures of all kinds—and in the process reveal essential truths about human nature.

When Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm set out to collect stories in the early 1800s, their goal was not to entertain children but to preserve Germanic folklore—and the hard life of European peasants was reflected in the tales they discovered. However, once the brothers saw how the stories entranced young readers, 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 beloved the world over. This collection of more than 120 of the Grimms’ best tales includes such classics as “Cinderella,” “Snow White,” “Hansel and Grethel,” “Rapunzel,” “Rumpelstiltskin,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” and “The Frog Prince,” as well as others that are no less delightful.

Elizabeth Dalton is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Barnard College. She has published fiction and criticism in The New Yorker, Partisan Review, Commentary, and The New York Times Book Review.

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Barnes & Noble Classics offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics:
  • New introductions commissioned from today's top writers and scholars
  • Biographies of the authors
  • Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events
  • Footnotes and endnotes
  • Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work
  • Comments by other famous authors
  • Study questions to challenge the reader's viewpoints and expectations
  • Bibliographies for further reading
  • Indices & Glossaries, when appropriate
All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences—biographical, historical, and literary—to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781411432277
  • Publisher: Barnes & Noble
  • Publication date: 6/1/2009
  • Series: Barnes & Noble Classics Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 88,201
  • File size: 4 MB

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From Elizabeth Dalton's Introduction Grimm's Fairy Tales

Originally intended for adults, the Kinder- und Hausmärchen (Children’s and Household Stories) of the Brothers Grimm has become not only the world’s most important collection of folk and fairy tales, but also the central work in the literary culture of childhood. Paradoxically, the tales have been criticized ever since they first appeared as inappropriate for children—too frank about sex, too violent, too dark. The Grimms themselves began censoring the sex as they brought out successive editions, and subsequent editors and translators have continued the process, modifying the violence as well. But the darkness remains.

These tales of enchantment and ordeal contain terrifying encounters with witches, giants, and devouring beasts. Even the more benign tales usually involve suffering or danger: persecution by a cruel stepmother or abusive father, a battle with a demon, at the very least marriage to a hedgehog or some other strange creature. There are confrontations with death itself, as in “The Three Snake-Leaves” and “The Godfather Death,” and with the enchanted sleep that resembles it, as in “The Glass Coffin” and “Briar Rose,” the Sleeping Beauty story. Yet in spite of these dark and deathly elements, or perhaps even because of them, the Grimms’ tales have a compelling vitality. They are cruder, wilder, more violent, and more fun than the elegant and poignantly beautiful tales of the Grimms’ Danish contemporary Hans Christian Andersen.

Unlike Andersen, the Grimms did not invent new tales but collected old ones, with the intention of preserving the oral tradition of the German peasantry. Whether in fact they fulfilled that intention has been questioned. Their tales do afford a glimpse of a world of castles and forests, nobles and peasants, superstitious beliefs and primitive practices that suggest origins at least as old as feudal Europe, and often much older. Some of the tales have been traced back through the centuries by way of earlier versions until they disappear into prehistoric times.

Residues of the social and material conditions of the societies from which they came can be found in the tales, but transformed, as in a dream, by wish, fear, and fantasy. Indeed, the tales often have the strange logic, the freedom from the constraints of time and space, and the abrupt and violent actions that characterize dreams and that Freud attributed to what he called “primary process,” the kind of thinking that prevails in the unconscious and in childhood. The boundary between reality and fantasy is porous and unstable; everything, including inanimate objects, is alive and responds magically to wishes and fears. There are mysteries and secrets everywhere, as in the lives of children, who are kept in the dark about fundamental realities—sex, death, money, and the whole complex mystery of their parents’ desires and disappointments.

The sense of mystery and the belief in the magical powers of thought never go away entirely, but live on in the adult unconscious, accounting for the inexhaustible appeal of fairy tales. They reappear continually in new forms, not only for children but as sophisticated works for adults, such as Jean Cocteau’s classic film La Belle et la Bête (1946), Donald Barthelme’s ironic postmodern novel Snow White (1967), the unconventional feminist fictions of Angela Carter, the Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods (1987), and so on. Most German writers who came after the Grimms tried sooner or later to write a fairy tale. Even the stories of Franz Kafka are like fairy tales gone wrong. The patterns of fantasy and the narrative structures of the tales apparently satisfy profound psychological and aesthetic needs, endlessly generating new versions.

Motifs from the Grimms’ tales also appear in older classic works of fiction and drama, including some that could not possibly have been influenced by them, such as Shakespeare’s plays. In The Merchant of Venice (c. 1595), the riddle of the three caskets posed to the candidates for Portia’s hand is like the “wooer-tests” in many tales. In King Lear (c. 1605), the old king demands from his daughter all her love, including that owed to a husband, like the incestuous king in the Grimms’ tale “Allerleirauh” (“Many Furs”). Lear’s good and loving daughter, Cordelia, is persecuted, like Cinderella, by two wicked elder sisters.

The Cinderella pattern is perhaps the most widespread of all: The transformation of a poor and insignificant girl into a belle is the theme of innumerable novels, plays, and films. In Jane Austen’s Persuasion (1818), for instance, Anne Elliot is treated like a servant by her hateful sisters, yet it is she who wins the love of the princely Captain Wentworth. Isabel Archer, in Henry James’s The Portrait of a Lady (1881), even has a fairy godmother—as Charles Perrault’s Cinderella does, although the Grimms’ does not—a male one who leaves her a fortune, enabling her, ironically, to choose the poorest but worst of her canonical three suitors. This figure of the mysterious benefactor, like the dwarf in “The Singing Bone,” recurs frequently in the tales, and also in novels, especially those of Dickens—Magwitch in Great Expectations (1860–1861), for instance. Novels and plays differ from tales in many respects, notably in giving their characters rich inner lives, while in tales psychological conflicts are worked out in action. Nonetheless, the parallels at the level of plot between tales and the larger and more fully developed forms are striking and could make a very long list. It seems that the Kinder- und Hausmärchen form a great repository of narrative motifs that have circulated throughout Europe in various forms for hundreds, perhaps thousands, of years. How they made their way into the tales is only one of the many unresolved questions associated with the Grimms and their work.



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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2008

    Overly edited.

    I have read numerous versions of Grimm's Fairy Tales. You can say, I collect different editions of it. This book however, is edited. It isn't as gruesome or gory as some of the versions are. The stories are still good, and have mainly the same plot, but, details are left out. For example, in the Juniper Tree (page 198), the story is supposed to have the little boy being eaten by his father, unknowingly. In this version, he is just buried under the Juniper Tree, instead of just his bones after the father ate the broth. Also, the song the bird sings is different. Maybe it was just a difference in translators. I really don't know. But, it wasn't as satisfying as other versions of this classic collection.

    47 out of 52 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2004

    Gruesome!

    Edited beyond recognition this edition has been dismembered like a Grimm brothers character, although you'll never know because they took out all of the original, gruesome details.

    29 out of 34 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 10, 2009

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    The destruction of a classic

    This book is miserably pathetic and clealy illustrates what well intentioned idiots can to a a memorable book. There is one proviso though...and that is if you purchase this book, also purchase Grimm's Fairy Tales by Maria Tatar who attempts and does salvage the core and meaning of the original verses. One item of concern for Elizabeth Dalton was which end of the donkey, ass, burrow, jenny, or palfrey the animal had the ability to pass gold. It's all in the mind Elizabeth. I promise you that if there did exist a gold passing burro, from whatever end, and I owned it...I would be biting every nugget to test its authenticity. Wouldn't it be nice one day, if we no longer had to put up with prudish censors and mindless editors who decide for me that I cannot handle the material. I resent having to read something ancient through the eys of a super rigid Victorian who sees something sleazy in every situation. Why not leave the original material as it was when it was in its best form? I would recommend buying and reading the book along with Maria Tatar's book Without mario Dalton's book falls flat on its face. It is mindless, dumb, and unfunney until you read the rest of the story.

    8 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2008

    A treasured book of ours

    These tales which stand the test of time have become some of mine and my son's favorites. We love to read folklore from all over the world, but Grimm's are some of the best as far as we can see.

    6 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2008

    A Forever Classic!

    My father bought this book for me when I was about 7. Since then I've read at least a dozen times. The stories never get tiring and are something to share with the next generation. It's no wonder the Grimm name as become synonomous with children's fantasy and so many have reinterpreted these classic tales. Should be enjoyed by all ages!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2008

    Blown Away

    Absolutely blown away. I never knew the reality of most of the fairy tales that have been retold and cleaned up for Disney and whomever else wanted tell them. Many of them range from macabre to gruesome...a must read.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 15, 2011

    Terrific Read

    These are not the sweet children's fairy tales that most people know, they are the actual Grimm's fairy tales. If you do not know already, the Grimm's made them to scare children and therefore they are not always nice. If you are preparred for that then you will love these and enjoy the creativity of the Grimm brothers!

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 4, 2011

    Fascinating Historical Text

    The Classic Series does it again - the Grimm's Fairy Tales offers the pure and unadulterated versions of the stories. This book offers 600 pages of stories. Although the stories are a bit simple and extreme to modern sensibilities, from a historical context it is a fascinating experience.

    I wouldn't recommend this to children! But to the academic or historically inclined adult in your life this makes for a fascinating read!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2012

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    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 30, 2010

    wow

    absolutely wonderful

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2010

    Not your Disney edition... this is the real thing

    In regards to the other reviews, I think I was more pleased with this because I was more aware of the "traditional" versions. This isn't Disney, people! This is GRIMM. And no, it's not politically correct. And no, it's not happily ever after. But if you are interested in past history and past tales, if you want to see the "real" versions (or close to it), read this. It's entertaining, imaginative and what a lot of today's stories are based on.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 8, 2008

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    A Great Classic

    Finally a storybook that contains the true side of the stories and how they were originally told. I was fed up with the Disney version of a couple of the stories, a little too kidish, but these stories can be read by any teen or adult. Varying in pages, each story is long enough to tell the story but short enough that the story doesn't get boring before the end. The Brothers Grimm did a fantastic job with the stories andI recommed this book for anyone who loves tales or short stories. This book is simply a classic.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2008

    An Okay Read

    I enjoyed this book most of the time. However, there was only a handful of different storylines in the whole book. Each fairy tale plot would be the same as another with just new character names. I recommend reading it, but if you come to a story that seems oddly familiar, skip it and go on, you will eventually find some really fantastic stories.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2014

    Horrible

    Nasty

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2014

    This is a great collection of a very well known classic very int

    This is a great collection of a very well known classic very interesring stories to read I have found ones I don't even know

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2013

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  • Posted December 22, 2012

    This book is NOT for kids. They are the original stories where

    This book is NOT for kids. They are the original stories where all of the disney movies came from. The bright and shiney stories that we know from Disney are not the "real" stories. These are the stories as they were before Disney put them in their inoccent form so don't be surprised if it terrifies you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2012

    Grimm

    I haven't read this book yet, but I watch the tv show grimm on nbc. :)

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2012

    Titanium

    Irresistably shiny.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2012

    This a great book.

    This is supposed to be a scary book but it is not even the least bit scary. Still, the plot of the story was very suspenseful. As well with the supporting details of the series of stories in this purchase. The overall plan of this book was to take the classic fairytales as we know them; and rewrite them but this time with a twist. If the Grimm brothers actually thought that these are scary stories then they must have been out of their adult minds. The reason that they would actually write a series of stories like this would to ENTERTAIN the readers in a little fairytale twist. By the way, if you are looking for a book witha wierd fairytale twist, search for "A Tale Dark & Grimm" by Adam Gidwitz. Now that is a book that you cannot put down. IT IS ABSOLUTLEY SUSPENSEFUL!!!!!! Also,I'm 5 years pld and I know this stuff.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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