19 January 2010

Grimm's Fairy Tales

Written by Published in Book Reviews

Stirred with an interest in ancient fairy tales by Romantics Clemens Brentano and Ludwig von Arnim, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm began to collect and write down tales that had been handed down for generations in their hometown of Kassel, Germany. Originally published in 1812, by the time the seventh edition was printed a few years later, Grimm’s Fairy Tales contained 211 stories.

In the 20th century the Grimm Tales were praised by W. H. Auden as one of the founding works of Western culture, while the Nazi party held them up as folkish tales depicting children with sound racial instincts seeking racially pure marriage partners. Conversely, writers about the Holocaust have combined the tales with their memoirs, such as Jane Yolen in her work Briar Rose. This seminal body of work was again brought to the attention of contemporary culture by the present-day poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy’s adaptation (with dramatisation by Tim Supple). 

Grimm's Fairy Tales by The Brothers Grimm

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