Selected Tales

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The tales gathered by the Grimm brothers are at once familiar, fantastic, homely, and frightening. They seem to belong to no time, or to some distant feudal age of fairytale imagining. Grand palaces, humble cottages, and the forest full of menace are their settings; and they are peopled by kings and princesses, witches and robbers, millers and golden birds, stepmothers and talking frogs.

Regarded from their inception both as uncosy nursery stories and as raw material for the ...

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Overview

The tales gathered by the Grimm brothers are at once familiar, fantastic, homely, and frightening. They seem to belong to no time, or to some distant feudal age of fairytale imagining. Grand palaces, humble cottages, and the forest full of menace are their settings; and they are peopled by kings and princesses, witches and robbers, millers and golden birds, stepmothers and talking frogs.

Regarded from their inception both as uncosy nursery stories and as raw material for the folklorist, the tales were in fact compositions, collected from literate tellers and shaped into a distinctive kind of literature. This new translation mirrors the apparent artlessness of the Grimms, and fully represents the range of less well-known fables, morality tales, and comic stories as well as the classic tales. It takes the stories back to their roots in German Romanticism and includes variant stories and tales that were deemed unsuitable for children. In her fascinating introduction, Joyce Crick explores their origins, and their literary evolution at the hands of the Grimms.

Sixty-five German folk-fairy tales with explanatory, introductory material, notes on each individual selection, and a glossary of Scots words.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199555581
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/15/2009
  • Series: Oxford World's Classics Series
  • Pages: 404
  • Sales rank: 1,389,536
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Joyce Crick was, until her retirement, Senior Lecturer in German at University College London. She has translated Freud's The Interpretation of Dreams (Oxford) and The Joke and Its Relation to the Unconscious.

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Table of Contents

1 The Frog King, or Iron Henry 11
2 Cat and mouse as partners 14
3 Our lady's child 16
4 The tale of the boy who set out to learn fear 20
5 The wolf and the seven little goats 27
6 Faithful John 30
7 The good bargain 36
8 The twelve brothers 39
9 The pack of no-good, low-life ruffians 44
10 Little brother and little sister 45
11 Rapunzel 51
12 The three little men in the forest 54
13 Hansel and Gretel 58
14 The tale of the fisherman and his wife 65
15 The brave little tailor 72
16 Ashypet 78
17 The tale of the mouse, the bird, and the sausage 84
18 Mother Holle of the snow 86
19 The seven ravens 88
20 Little redcap 91
21 The Bremen town band 94
22 The singing bone 97
23 The devil with the three golden hairs 98
24 The girl with no hands 104
25 Clever Hans 109
26 Sensible Elsie 111
27 The table-lay, the gold-donkey, and the club in the sack 114
28 Little thumb 122
29 Mrs. Fox's wedding 127
30 The robber bridegroom 129
31 Godfather death 132
32 Thumbling's travels 135
33 Fitcher's bird 138
34 The tale of the juniper tree 141
35 Old Sultan 149
36 The six swans 151
37 Briar-rose 155
38 Foundling-bird 158
39 Snow-white 160
40 Knapsack, hat, and horn 168
41 Rumpelstiltskin 172
42 The golden bird 175
43 The golden goose 181
44 Coat o' skins 184
45 Jorinda and Joringel 189
46 The three children of fortune 191
47 Six make their way through the whole world 193
48 Grandfather and grandson 198
49 The tale of little hen's death 198
50 Hans in luck 200
51 The fox and the geese 204
52 The singing, soaring lark 204
53 The goose-girl 209
54 The young giant 215
55 The king of the golden mountain 221
56 The water of life 226
57 The bearskin man 230
58 Tales of toads and adders 235
59 The Jew in the thorn bush 236
60 The bright sun brings it to light 240
61 The wilful child 241
62 The devil and his grandmother 241
63 One-eye, two-eyes, and three-eyes 244
64 The shoes that were danced to tatters 250
65 Iron John 253
66 The Lord's beasts and the devil's 260
67 The little shepherd boy 261
68 The starry coins 261
69 The stolen farthing 262
70 Reviewing the brides 263
71 The tale of cockaigne 263
72 A tall tale from Diethmarsch 264
73 A riddling tale 265
74 Snow-white and Rose-red 265
75 Sharing joy and sorrow 270
76 The moon 271
77 The messengers of death 273
78 The unequal children of Eve 274
79 The golden key 276
80 St. Joseph in the forest 276
81 The rose 279
82 Our lady's goblet 279
App. A Selected earlier versions 280
App. B Selected tales from the first edition, removed for the second and subsequent editions 288
App. C Circular letter concerning the collection of folk poesy 294
App. D Wilhelm Grimm's last reflections on the Marchen 298
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