The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm (Taschen Edition)

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A compilation of Brothers Grimm fairy tales complete with vintage illustrations

This book brings together approximately two dozen of the most beloved of the classic Grimm fairy tales, including all the classics, such as Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and Hansel and Gretel in an all-new translation specially commissioned for this publication. Containing a painstakingly-researched selection of artwork by some of the most famous illustrators from the 1850s to the ...

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Overview

A compilation of Brothers Grimm fairy tales complete with vintage illustrations

This book brings together approximately two dozen of the most beloved of the classic Grimm fairy tales, including all the classics, such as Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and Hansel and Gretel in an all-new translation specially commissioned for this publication. Containing a painstakingly-researched selection of artwork by some of the most famous illustrators from the 1850s to the 1950s—including Golden Age legend Kay Nielsen, beloved bestselling author Wanda Gág (of "Millions of Cats," 1928), British darlings Walter Crane and Arthur Rackham, and giants of nineteenth century German illustration Hermann Vogel, Otto Speckter, and Viktor Paul Mohn—this compilation also includes beautiful silhouettes culled from original publications from the 1920s that run throughout the entire layout. For adults and children alike, this collection brings to life the magic of fairy tales and their illustrations.

About the Brothers Grimm:
Brothers Jacob (1785–1863) and Wilhelm Grimm (1786–1859) were German academics and linguists who spent years collecting popular fairy tales and folk tales such as Cinderella, Snow White, and Rapunzel. Their resulting compilation of over 200 stories Kinder- und Hausmärchen (Children's and Household Tales) is one of the most famous collections of tales in the world, influencing generations of writers, composers, artists, academics, and filmmakers.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This gorgeous treasury pairs new translations of 27 of the Grimm brothers’ fairy tales with vintage illustrations dating from the 1820s to the 1950s. Brief introductions offer insight into the symbolism, themes, and contemporary relevance of each tale. Though Price and Daniel’s translations feel modern (“Spare me the bawling,” the old woman tells Hansel and Gretel), they honor the darkness that characterizes “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Snow White,” and other tales. The images show striking range, from Walter Crane’s lush illustrations for “The Frog Prince” to Wanda Gag’s droll pen-and-ink drawings for “The Fisherman and His Wife.” The elegant presentation should entice readers to discover the cornucopia within. All ages. (Oct.)
Kirkus Reviews

Color and silhouette illustrations first seen in editions 50 to 150 years ago add an antique glaze to 27 stories newly translated from the Brothers Grimm's final and, as the editor puts it, "most child-friendly" versions.

Not to say that there aren't still plenty of violent and gruesome bits—from the ugly fates of Cinderella's stepsisters to the decapitated horse in "Goose Girl." With only rare exceptions, like the Brave Little Tailor, who swats flies that are "bugging him out of his mind," the language in these unabridged versions remains classically formal, more grand than intimate and conveying in the lighter stories more wit than laugh-out-loud humor. The art samples work from 27 illustrators, nearly all of whom were European, and likewise presents a range of elaborately stylized Princes, graceful Maidens, anthropomorphic animals and comical magical creatures in, usually, court or period costume. Printed in double columns of small type, the collection is designed for adult readers to read or read aloud, and for the grown-ups Daniel also includes analytical introductions, an opening appreciation of the Grimms' work as "the DNA of all fairy-tale scholarship," and long biographical notes on the illustrators. As a piece of bookmaking, it harkens back to more extravagant times, with a gold-stamped, purple cloth cover, many gilt pages, elaborate display type and scrollwork and two bound-in silk ribbons to act as bookmarks.

Though a bit of a patchwork with all the visual styles on display, this gathering of old favorites in their full, original forms collected in a lovely package should please fairy-tale collectors and bibliophiles alike. (translator's and historical notes, index) (Fairy tales. 7-11, adult)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783836526722
  • Publisher: Taschen America, LLC
  • Publication date: 10/4/2011
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 115,295
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

The editor:
TASCHEN editor Noel Daniel graduated from Princeton University, and studied in Berlin on a Fulbright Scholarship. She received a master’s in London and was the director of a photography art gallery before becoming a book editor. Her TASCHEN books include Magic 1400s–1950s (2009) and The Circus 1870–1950 (2008).

The contributor:
Matthew R. Price has translated for leading theaters and publications in Germany and the US. A graduate of Princeton University, he studied in Berlin on a DAAD Fellowship, receiving his masters from the University of the Arts. After an early career producing theater, he earned an M.B.A. from Columbia University and lives in New York City. 

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  • Posted October 8, 2011

    Fantastic!

    The art work is beautiful, gorgeous and I can appreciate the editor remaining as close to the original stories as possible. Readers will be surprised at some the endings of some of their favorite tales.

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  • Posted September 22, 2011

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    Gorgeous!

    This book is for the collector of beautiful books.
    Not only are they the original Grimm stories, but, the art work is fantastic!
    I no longer have small children,
    but, this book sits proudly among my art books.
    A must for lovers of aesthetics .

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