Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm: The Complete First Edition by Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm, Andrea Dezso (Illustrations), Jack Zipes (Translation)

*I received a ARC from NetGalley for my honest review*

When Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm published their "Children's and Household Tales" in 1812, followed by a second volume in 1815, they had no idea that such stories as "Rapunzel," "Hansel and Gretel," and "Cinderella" would become the most celebrated in the world. Yet few people today are familiar with the majority of tales from the two early volumes, since in the next four decades the Grimms would publish six other editions, each extensively revised in content and style. For the very first time, " The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm" makes available in English all 156 stories from the 1812 and 1815 editions. These narrative gems, newly translated and brought together in one beautiful book, are accompanied by sumptuous new illustrations from award-winning artist Andrea Dezso.

From "The Frog King" to "The Golden Key," wondrous worlds unfold--heroes and heroines are rewarded, weaker animals triumph over the strong, and simple bumpkins prove themselves not so simple after all. Esteemed fairy tale scholar Jack Zipes offers accessible translations that retain the spare description and engaging storytelling style of the originals. Indeed, this is what makes the tales from the 1812 and 1815 editions unique--they reflect diverse voices, rooted in oral traditions, that are absent from the Grimms' later, more embellished collections of tales. Zipes's introduction gives important historical context, and the book includes the Grimms' prefaces and notes.

A delight to read, "The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm" presents these peerless stories to a whole new generation of readers.


I haven't really read many of the fairy tales when I was a kid but I always wanted to .
Jack Zipes gives an excellent history of the Grimm folk and fairy tale collections, as well as of the Grimm brothers themselves explaining  the variations in style and content between editions.It is very well done.

I really enjoyed this book and now I want to buy a book of the fairy tales.

I highly recommend this.

I give this 5 out of 5.

This will be available October 15th 2014.

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