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Folklore and Fable: Aesop, Grimm, Andersen: V17 Harvard Classics

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1909. Many tales have been collected and they are represented in the present volume by the household tales preserved by Grimm. Far earlier written down, but less primitive in kind, are the Aesopic Fables. Still more recent, both in kind and in date, are the Wonder stories of modern manufacture represented here by the tales of Hans Christian Andersen. Andersen had a marvelo ...more
Hardcover, 392 pages
Published September 10th 2010 by Kessinger Publishing (first published January 1st 1909)
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David Redden
Sep 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read many of these as a kid, but they were dumbed down and easier to read. Here the prose is pretty. I particularly enjoyed the stories written by Andersen. He could really pack a lot of action and imagery into a sentence.

The originals vary pretty significantly from the Disney movies made out of them. I read The Little Sea-Maid (Mermaid) to my two youngest, and about two paragraphs from the end when the Mermaid chooses to die and turn to sea foam over murdering the prince, my 6-year-old daugh
Jul 12, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read these a few pages a day - fun!
I found this book in one the areas I served in during the course of my LDS mission in Kentucky. This was originally apartment treasure when I found it, and then I decided to take it with me until I was able to return home at the end of my two-year mission.
Chloe Merriman

Originally, I was very interested in this book. It was incredibly interesting to see some of the differences between the original fairy tales and the well known Disney type stories. I whipped right through the Aesop's fables section, along with the first half of Grimm's fairy tales. After that, I began to lose steam. I became less interested in finding differences because I no longer knew any of the stories.

It took me about six months to finish this book. I could not focus on just this book
Sep 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You can tell a lot about a culture by their stories because it shows what they value. Grimm's stories showed that the culture was very different than today. Andersen's stories showed a different culture with a set of value.

One thing I loved about Aesop's fables was that he didn't talk about the way things should be but the way things are. I think the use of animals and other objects in his stories made this easier for him to do.
J.H. Everett
Dec 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is wonderful to revisit this collection. It reminds me just how much things have been adapted and changed from the original written versions of these works.

More importantly, it reminds me just how pliable these story structures are when creative people get a hold of them. There are infinite possibilities in folklore and mythology.

Katie (ReadiculousGirl)
I really enjoyed the Grimm Brothers' fairy tales!
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Aesop (/ˈiːsɒp/ ee-sop; Ancient Greek: Αἴσωπος, Aisōpos, c. 620–564 BCE) was an Ancient Greek fabulist or story teller credited with a number of fables now collectively known as Aesop's Fables. Although his existence remains uncertain and (if they ever existed) no writings by him survive, numerous tales credited to him were gathered across the centuries and in many languages in a storytelling trad ...more
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