Celebrating the 200th anniversary of the publication of Children's Stories and Household Tales, this new edition includes classic stories such as “Cinderella,” “Rapunzel” and “Snow White” as well as six new entries, each with annotations exploring the tales' historical and cultural context. 10,000 first printing.
Forty of the most famous and celebrated stories from the Brothers Grimm translated and edited by a leading professor of folklore. Even after two hundred years, the tales collected by the Brothers Grimm remain among our most powerful stories. Their scenes of unsparing savagery and jaw-dropping beauty remind us that fairy tales, in all their simplicity, have the power to change us. With some of the most famous stories in world literature, including “Cinderella,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Hansel and Gretel,” “Snow White,” as well as some less well known stories like “The Seven Ravens,” this definitive collection promises to entrance readers with the strange and wonderful world of the Brothers Grimm. Maria Tatar’s engaging preface provides readers with the historical and cultural context to understand what these stories meant and their contemporary resonance. Fans of all ages will be drawn to this elegant and accessible collection of stories that have cast their magical spell over children and adults alike for generations.
"Samuel D. Fohr holds that the Grimms' tales are not just childish 'fairy tales', but are filled with spiritual symbolism, and as such have value for adults as well as children. Snow White, for example, is a story of creation and spiritual growth, and its message parallels Hindu and Judaic creation myths. Hansel and Gretel and Cinderella both portray the journey back to God. Fohr also looks at recurring themes in the stories, and answers such questions as: Why are giants always evil and dwarves always good? What is the symbolic significance of the hungry wolf who appears in many stories? Exactly what are genies, and why are they always trapped in bottles? A delightful but serious examination of cherished stories, this book reveals new meaning in familiar tales. Also included is an extensive bibliography and an Appendix on the authenticity of the Grimms' tales."--Publisher's description.
The Magic Spell of the Grimms' Folk and Fairy Tales
Author: Jack Zipes
Pubpsher: Princeton University Press
Category: Literary Criticism
In Grimm Legacies, esteemed literary scholar Jack Zipes explores the legacy of the Brothers Grimm in Europe and North America, from the nineteenth century to the present. Zipes reveals how the Grimms came to play a pivotal and unusual role in the evolution of Western folklore and in the history of the most significant cultural genre in the world—the fairy tale. Folklorists Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm sought to discover and preserve a rich abundance of stories emanating from an oral tradition, and encouraged friends, colleagues, and strangers to gather and share these tales. As a result, hundreds of thousands of wonderful folk and fairy tales poured into books throughout Europe and have kept coming. Zipes looks at the transformation of the Grimms' tales into children's literature, the Americanization of the tales, the "Grimm" aspects of contemporary tales, and the tales' utopian impulses. He shows that the Grimms were not the first scholars to turn their attention to folk tales, but were vital in expanding readership and setting the high standards for folk-tale collecting that continue through the current era. Zipes concludes with a look at contemporary adaptations of the tales and raises questions about authenticity, target audience, and consumerism. With erudition and verve, Grimm Legacies examines the lasting universal influence of two brothers and their collected tales on today's storytelling world.
In her most ambitious annotated work to date, Tatar celebrates the stories told by Denmarks "perfect wizard" and re-envisions Hans Christian Andersen as a writer who casts his spell on both children and adults. Lushly illustrated with more than 150 rare images, this edition will captivate readers.
Release on 2010-09-06 | by Hans Christian Andersen,L. Frank Baum,Frances Hodgson Burnett,Lewis Carroll,Charles Dickens,Arthur Conan Doyle,Kenneth Grahame,Jacob Grimm,Wilhelm K. Grimm,Bram Stoker,Harriet Beecher Stowe,Mark Twain
Author: Hans Christian Andersen,L. Frank Baum,Frances Hodgson Burnett,Lewis Carroll,Charles Dickens,Arthur Conan Doyle,Kenneth Grahame,Jacob Grimm,Wilhelm K. Grimm,Bram Stoker,Harriet Beecher Stowe,Mark Twain
Pubpsher: W. W. Norton
A complete set to date of the acclaimed, bestselling, definitive editions of literature's great classics: Norton's Annotated Books series.