The Grimmest of Grimm

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The stories collected by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm in the early 19th century reflected life as known to the German people of the time - fantastic, yet often unpredictable and pernicious. Patriotic folklorists, they began their collection of tales with the intent of preserving the endangered German oral tradition from a Napoleonic rule intent on suppressing local culture.

From their earliest release and translation, conservative parents and ecclesiastics disparaged the tales for ...

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Overview

The stories collected by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm in the early 19th century reflected life as known to the German people of the time - fantastic, yet often unpredictable and pernicious. Patriotic folklorists, they began their collection of tales with the intent of preserving the endangered German oral tradition from a Napoleonic rule intent on suppressing local culture.

From their earliest release and translation, conservative parents and ecclesiastics disparaged the tales for their vestigial, raw, Gothic content and the brothers and a myriad of editors began to soften them to demure morality and sweetness to make appeal to the upper classes what began as earthy peasant fare. This is no such revision, sanitized of objectionable material; these are the grimmest.

Cannibalism, child abuse, dismemberment, slaughter of innocents, the walking dead & deals with the devil are all prevalent in these lesser-known works of the brothers Grimm, here lushly illustrated for the sick little monkey that is your inner child.

Featuring 94 illustrations by Terry Beal, Benchacco, Jon Ferril, Luc Hebert, Kelly Levy, Kathryn McLaughlin, Karen Petroff, Katy Rose & Cyrus Rua.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780973709001
  • Publisher: Lysander Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2004
  • Pages: 180
  • Sales rank: 1,027,026
  • Product dimensions: 0.38 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 9.25 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2005

    Fairy-stories are not necessrily for children

    When I was a kid, I had that rather dog-eared, whitish book, with lots of fairy-tales and almost no illustrations. Yet I loved it, as I did the tales of The Grimm brothers. Then I grew up, went to University and little by little, the name Grimm no longer reminded me of pretty maidens, kept in tall towers by ugly old witches or of handsome princes, coming to rescue them (or rather sneak into the maidens' room;)), but of language origins, Germanic sound shifts and linguistics. And then I chanced to come across The Grimmest of Grimm and all of a sudden I was brought back all those years ago, to the days when I was reading about the boy playing at bowls with ghosts' skulls (only to finally learn what it is like to have the shivers, when he got himself a wife;) The Grimmest of Grimm is a book created with lots of love; a book with a heart and a life of its own; a book which, with the simple way in which the tales are told and its plentiful illustrations, is suitable as much for kids, who hear them for the first time, as it is for adults, who have grown tired of reading books, written in a 'language, which makes up in obscurity what it lacks in style'. The Grimmest of Grimm is a feast not only for the mind, but for the eyes, as well; a read which carries one over to a different time and place, a gateway to the dream-world of childhood, in which ghosts and spirits walk the earth and where everything is fresh and new; a world where good still wins over evil and virtue triumphs over vice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2014

    I've been looking for a good true rendition of Grimm's fairy tal

    I've been looking for a good true rendition of Grimm's fairy tales and I was super excited to find this. When I actually received this book...  the typesetting/layout of this book made it completely unreadable. It looks like a print on demand made by the crappy yearbook club from my high school. The font is HUGE and goes into the margins. It has ridiculous crude pixelated interior artwork probably done by an angsty 9th grader. Although upon further inspection, the (adult) artists bios are in the back complete with portraits showcasing their other skills of owning a guitar, having  a goatee, and wearing wrap around sunglasses. This is not a quality book. Do not buy this.

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