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The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales

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Paperback Book
Random House
September, 1976
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First compiled in 1812, The Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales remains a classic of Western literature. Steeped in danger and dark enchantment and often reflecting the cruel reality of life in central and northern Europe, the traditional tales in this volume were collected by German folklorists Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm as an act of cultural preservation, not children’s entertainment. Yet, over the years, these magical stories of princesses and witches, evil stepmothers and talking animals have thrilled and delighted generations of children—who seem to agree that the best yarns are always a little scary!

In this edition of over 200 tales, readers of all ages will discover old favourites like Sleeping Beauty, Rumpelstiltskin, Hansel and Gretel, Snow White, The Shoes That Were Danced to Pieces as well as lesser-known gems like The Devil and his Grandmother, and The Poor Miller’s Boy and the Cat.

Most people today know these stories only secondhand, in adaptations that greatly reduce the tales’ potency. Yet here are the classic fairy tales as the Grimms intended them to be—rich, stark, spiced with humour and violence, resonant with the rhythms of folklore and song, unsettling but ultimately moral and humane. Enter this world of magic, myth, and enchantment and you will return to it again and again.

Grimm…was aware of “fragments of belief dating back to most ancient times, in which spiritual things are expressed in a figurative manner.” “The mythic element,” he told us, “resembles small pieces of a shattered jewel which are lying strewn on the ground all overgrown with grass and flowers, and can only be discovered by the most far-seeing eye.” “Their signification has long been lost, but it is still felt,” he says, “and imparts value to the story.” —from the introduction by Padraic Colum

In a brief commentary which concludes the book, Joseph Campbell writes, “The folk tale is the primer of the picture-language of the soul.”



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For almost two centuries, the stories of magic and myth gathered by the Brothers Grimm have been part of the way children—and adults—learn about the vagaries of the real world. Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow-White, Hänsel and Gretel, Little Red-Cap (a.k.a. Little Red Riding Hood), and Briar-Rose (a.k.a. Sleeping Beauty) are only a few of more than 200 enchanting characters included here. Lyrically translated and beautifully illustrated, the tales are presented just as Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm originally set them down: bold, primal, just frightening enough, and endlessly engaging.

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