The Brothers Grimm, Jacob (1785-1863) and Wilhelm (1786-1859), were born in Hanau, near Frankfurt, in the German state of Hesse. Throughout their lives they remained close friends, and both studied law at Marburg University. Jacob was a pioneer in the study of German philology, and although Wilhelm’s work was hampered by poor health the brothers collaborated in the creation of a German dictionary, not completed until a century after their deaths. But they were best (and universally) known for the collection of over two hundred folk tales they made from oral sources and published in two volumes of ‘Nursery and Household Tales’ in 1812 and 1814. Although their intention was to preserve such material as part of German cultural and literary history, and their collection was first published with scholarly notes and no illustration, the tales soon came into the possession of young readers. This was in part due to Edgar Taylor, who made the first English translation in 1823, selecting about fifty stories ‘with the amusement of some young friends principally in view.’ They have been an essential ingredient of children’s reading ever since.
Stories by Authors
A. B. Mitford Aesop Albert Henry Wratislaw Andrew Lang Buddhist C. W. Peck Comtesse de Ségur Cornelius Mathews Elena Favilli Elphinstone Dayrell Elsie Spicer Eells Filmore Parker Francesca Cavallo Frank Baum Frank Hamilton Cushing German Giambattista Basile Hans Christian Andersen Henry Altemus Iconique Psychology ISABEL MAUD PEACOCKE James A. Honey James Stephens JOHN MASEFIELD Josephine Preston Peabody K. J. Erben L. Frank Baum Maive Stokes Mimosa Nikolai Gogol Norman Hinsdale Pitman P. C. WREN Parker Fillmore Phebe A. Curtiss REV. J. MACGOWAN Rev. Lal Behari Day Richard Wilhelm Sir George Webbe Dasent TED The Brothers Grimm Torgen Moe and P. Asbiörnson W. R. S. Ralston WILLIAM C. GRIGGS William Shakespeare Yei Theodora Ozaki
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