Happy Birthday Wilhem Grimm

Happy Birthday to Wilhem Grimm, born on this day in 1786

k10300Wilhem and his brother collected and shaped the fairy tales that we know and love today: Cinderella, Snow White, Hansel and Gretel, the Juniper Tree to name only a few. If you’re interest, fairy tale scholar Jack Zipes recently published the first ever english translation of the Brother Grimms’ first edition of collected fairy tales. The version of tales we are most familiar with are from an eighth edition, and were heavily edited by the brothers to be more appropriate for children. So yes, the tales we think are gruesome are the HIGHLY EDITED ONES. Zipes’s translation features stories that the brothers removed from later editions, as well as show the tales in their most “raw” form.

What’s your favorite Grimm fairy tale?

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