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The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  6,327 ratings  ·  211 reviews
When Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm published their "Children's and Household Tales" in 1812, followed by a second volume in 1815, they had no idea that such stories as "Rapunzel," "Hansel and Gretel," and "Cinderella" would become the most celebrated in the world. Yet few people today are familiar with the majority of tales from the two early volumes, since in the next four deca ...more
Hardcover, 519 pages
Published October 19th 2014 by Princeton University Press (first published 1815)
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Jen Campbell
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
People often ask me which edition of Grimm they should pick up. THIS ONE.
Nandakishore Varma
Jun 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
These are not the sanitised (or Disneyfied) fairy tales we have come to love as children: these are politically incorrect, sexually explicit and gloriously gory folktales told around a roaring campfire in a German forest, as a group of frightened peasants huddled around expecting the forest sprites to appear any moment and devour them - or worse. However, for an Indian who has been fed on a diet of Hindu mythology during childhood

of Narasimha disembowelling Hiranyakashipu,

Bheema tearing Jarasan
Jul 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: folklore, netgalley
You know all those moments in which the prince--or the monster--or the monster prince-- falls asleep with his head on the princess's lap?

In the original version of the story, she's lousing him.
As in head-lice.

Ah, the romance.

You may think you know Grimms’ Fairy Tales, but if you’ve been reading them in English, I can guarantee you’ve never encountered them like this. The Grimms actually published seven different versions of the stories, starting in 1812/1815 and culminating in the “
Jul 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
DNF @ 46%

I give up. I tried so hard to like this collection and I thought that it would be a home run for sure but this turned out to be so far from that. In the very lengthy introduction it mentions that the popular Grimm fairytales, which most of us are familiar with are actually extremely edited versions of the originals. Intrigued I started this book, however very quickly I realized that I *gasp* actually prefer the edited mainstream versions (blasphemy I know).

I am far from an expert in fai
Mar 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I've read several versions of Grimm's fairy tales, starting with the sanitized version as a child, then the 1825 version as a teenager (thinking that they were the originals) and now, I've finally had the chance to read the originals, or at least as close as one can get to the originals. I love the bizarre morals, the stories about tricking the devil, the antics the characters get up to, particularly in 'The Devil and the Blacksmith," and that the stories are so gritty. They are really quite del ...more
I’m not sure what I expected when I began this translation of the original compilation of folk tales. I guess I anticipated some surprises, stories which I had never heard before. And there were a few of those, but mostly what surprised me was how many of these tales were familiar to me!

Virtually everyone knows about Cinderella, Beauty & the Beast, Rapunzel, Rumplestiltskin, and Hansel & Gretel. It was fun to see the older versions, un-Disneyfied and unadorned. But what a walk down memor
This book is a classic and it contains 156 stories, many that I remember from childhood. I enjoyed this translation and I love the book. It is exquisite. I read through some of the other reviews and I'm not sure what others had hoped to find in this translation but you have to keep in mind that these stories were written in 1812 through 1815. I found the collection to be fun and it was an enjoyable read.
I intend to keep this collection close by so that many of the stories can be re-read when th
Yzabel Ginsberg
Jul 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
(I got an ARC courtesy of NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.)

Though it took me quite some time to finish this book, it wasn't for want of interest.

It contains both volumes of the tales gathered by the brothers Grimm, published around 1812-1815. I applied for the ARC out of curiosity, and was surprised at some of those stories, at the way the ones I remembered from my childhood was really edulcorated versions: both because of the editing performed by recent publishers, and because of th
Nancy Oakes
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nov 13, 2014 rated it liked it
My favorite intro to to one of these tales: "In the days when wishing still helped..."

Really glad I read this, but also really kind of exhausted. I thought that reading many brief tales would go by quickly. I was really surprised at what a slog this became. Some of these tales are confusing. Some are repetitive in a way that was probably a delight when these were passed down orally, but are unbearable to read. And some are downright acid-trips.

As others have mentioned, some of these original sto
Laura Harrison
Nov 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous volume. I am very grateful to Jack Zipes for undertaking such a task. The earliest run of this book is the best. The deckle edge pages were changed when the publisher went back to print. Pretty unfortunate for book collector's. Illustrations are magnificent. It would be nice if a special collector's volume was issued. I would definitely buy it.
Barb Middleton
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Read the fairy tale about a frog prince that is not kissed by the princess but tossed against the wall with the intent to kill, except the violence turns him into a prince (and then they marry). Cinderella’s stepsisters, urged by their mother, cut off parts of their feet to get the golden slipper on, but the prince notices “blood streaming out of the slipper” and knows of each girl’s deception. Snow White ends up in a glass coffin that a prince finds in the woods and who falls in love with her; ...more
Vincent Wood
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Once upon a time there were two brothers who gathered together a number of folk and fairy tales and published them in a book. These stories were filled with polymorphism, animals, and inanimate objects acting as if they were human, damsels in distress, princesses treated like livestock and given away as prizes, reneged promises, and a vast number of incidents in which child protective services would need to be called. This book was filled with wisdom and foolishness, partial stories and familiar ...more
Liz Cheshire
Apr 16, 2019 rated it liked it
This no doubt was enjoyable having been taken back to my childhood stories but I had so many issues with this book.

2. The greatest thing was marriage and for being married you always got the kings daughter in return even if she disliked she was made out the bad guy - girl

3. The biggest insult was to be called ugly and if you were ugly no matter the riches or knowledge you had you were useless

4. Why were the youngest always the good children the olde
Steve Cran
Apr 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Kayla (kaylareads)
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Had this one next to my bed since may when my lovely other half bought me it for my birthday. It’s beautifully illustrated!
There’s a good segment at the start providing the history of the Grimm brothers which was quite interesting.
I love Grimm stories in their purest form. They’re dark, strange, and leave you with the weirdest morals..
It’s great to dip in and out of. I can’t wait to have kids and introduce them to these classic tales.
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: New parents
It was a lot of fun to read all the original stories. At times, the prose seemed a bit clumsy, so it was somewhat difficult to read aloud, but for the most part it was fine, and I enjoyed reading it to my newborn son. From a literary theory perspective, it is undoubtedly a treasure trove of exercises, studies, and drills for various critical lenses and perspectives, which I will enjoy teaching to my son when it is his turn to read these stories to me.
E Sowden
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Yes. Yes. Yes. I've been searching for this collection for years! I know they're not really children's stories but I grew up on these grisly tales and I still love them. Instant five stars without hesitation and I'm so happy to have the book beaming proudly on my shelf.
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I absolutely adore this book. Exactly what I have been searching for!
Steven Peterson
Nov 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful volume. As it were, this represents the first version of the Brothers Grimm Fairy Tale collection. The author is Professor Emeritus of German and Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota. As such, he wondered at the lack of a published version of the original volume put together by the Brothers Grimm. Consequently, Dr. Zipes translated and edited the 1812/15 version and it was published by Princeton University Press.

The Introduction by Zipes places the volume in
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is worth reading just for the highly informative and fascinating introduction - Rediscovering the Original Tales of the Brothers Grimm - by Jack Zipes. He gives an excellent history of the Grimm folk and fairy tale collections, as well as of the Grimm brothers themselves, explaining (and showing) the variations in style and content between editions, the people who were their sources and how reliable they were as storytellers and folk historians, the connections between characters like Briar ...more
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Le daría 5 estrellas si no fuera porque esta edición tiene también el volumen II, que me aburrió un poco.

Esta es la primera edición, los cuentos originales de los hermanos Grimm, publicada en 1812. Me gustó mucho que al inicio del libro hay una breve biografía de los hermanos donde explica cómo empezaron a interesarse por los cuentos y las razones por las que los publicaron. Esto ayuda a ponerse en contexto y ha entender mejor el sentido de los cuentos.

Como muy bien dijeron los mismos hermanos
Odette Cortés
Jul 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm, translated by Jack Zipes and Illustrated by Andrea Dezsö

When it comes to fairy tales the brothers Grimm are probably one of the most popular names that may come to mind. Their version of these tales has become the foundation for many other retellings and adaptations. Nonetheless not many people know that even they have different versions of some of the tales as they did some mild or heavy tweaking with each edition. This particular book is
Dec 12, 2014 rated it liked it
I understood that this book would have some unusual and gruesome elements. I was prepared for that. I thought some of the stories were strange regardless of the time period or region they hailed from. I can see why some of these stories were made more palatable. They had good bones, but needed a different treatment. What annoyed me was the redundancy. It was interesting to read one story and then read a similar story with some changes, but there were several that were like that, and I grew bored ...more
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
--“For instance, in the 1812/1815 edition of ‘Little Snow White’ and ‘Hansel and Gretel’ the wicked stepmother is actually a biological mother, and these characters were changed to become stepmothers in 1819 clearly because the Grimms held motherhood sacred.”
Apr 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, 2017
For my final major project at college :-) ✨
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: white
So, we probably all have read (or heard, or seen) at least one of the tales collected by the Brothers Grimm. Rapunzel, or Little Red Riding Hood, or Hansel and Gretel, or something. We may vaguely be aware, that the versions we are aware of have been toned down somewhat from the "original" Brothers Grimm, usually by removing a good bit of the violence of the originals. If you go back to find an actual, made-for-adults-to-read version, you find that there are a lot of nasty deaths for the villain ...more
Nov 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
I grew up reading fairy tales and the Grimms Brothers are the quintessential folk story tellers. Folk and fairy tales are special because they document the mythologies of the “common” people. Most of the stories come from the medieval times when science was not used to explain natural phenomena. They also promote cultural values and morals; although, admittedly, a lot of the stories have ambivalent messages.

This volume of the Grimms’ tales is unique because the translator and editor Jack Zipes
Jeannie Miernik
Dec 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am ecstatically grateful to Jack Zipes for translating this first edition of the Grimms' collection into English for the very first time! Complete with a summary of their scholarly notes!! I'm drowning in geekstasy here.

These earlier versions of the tales are everything I hoped and more. They are juicy, messy, vibrant, and crazy. They exhibit the chaotic plotting of genuine, informal oral tales, but they offer up a diverse array of bawdy, sarcastic, and heartfelt character emotions that are l
Richard Butchins
Jan 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Once upon a time there were two brothers named Grimm. They were thieves and they would visit the homes of poor people throughout the land and steal their stories and their tales. These evil brothers would make the stories their own rewriting and embellishing the tales in ways that were never meant to be and then they sold them and made themselves rich and famous. So rich and famous that many years later (102 to be precise) still other men of letters and merchants of words are cashing in on the t ...more
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Jacob Ludwig Karl Grimm, German philologist, jurist and mythologist, was born at Hanau, in Hesse-Kassel (or Hesse-Cassel). He is best known as the discoverer of Grimm's Law, the author of the monumental German Dictionary, his Deutsche Mythologie and more popularly, with his brother Wilhelm, as one of the Brothers Grimm, as the editor of Grimm's Fairy Tales.

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