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Selected Tales (Brothers Grimm) (Penguin Classics)

Selected Tales (Brothers Grimm) (Penguin Classics)
Author: Jacob Grimm - The Brothers Grimm
ISBN 13: 9780140444018
ISBN 10: 140444017
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: 1983-02-24
Format: Paperback
Pages: 432
List Price: $16.00

The tales gathered by the Grimm brothers are at once familiar, fantastic, and frightening. They seem to belong to no time, or to some distant feudal age of fairytale imagining. Grand palaces, humble cottages, and the forest full of menace are their settings; and they are peopled by kings and princesses, witches and robbers, millers and golden birds, stepmothers and talking frogs.

Regarded from their inception either as simple nursery stories or as raw material for the folklorist, the tales were in fact compositions, collected from literate tellers and shaped into a distinctive kind of literature. This new translation mirrors the apparent artlessness of the Grimms, and fully represents the range of less well-known fables, morality tales, and comic stories as well as the classic tales. It takes the stories back to their roots in German Romanticism and includes variant stories and tales that were deemed unsuitable for children. In her fascinating Introduction, Joyce Crick explores their origins, and their literary evolution at the hands of the Grimms.