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1. Aus Grimms Marchen, 4. Tiel
2. Kinder und Hausmchen Volume 3
3. Kinder und Hausmchen Volume 2
4. Kinder Und Hausmchen (German Edition)
5. Acht Märchen der Brüder Grimm
6. Folk-lore and fable: Aesop, Grimm,
7. Household stories
8. FAIRY TALES By The Brothers Grimm.
9. Selected Tales (Oxford World's
10. The Complete Brothers Grimm Fairy
11. Grimm Brothers and the Germanic
12. Terrors of Childhood in Grimms'
13. The Brothers Grimm & Their
14. Inventors and Creators - The Brothers
15. Grimms' Fairy Tales: A History
16. The Reception of Grimms' Fairy
17. The Hard Facts of the Grimms'
18. The Owl, The Raven, and the Dove:
19. Grimm's Last Fairytale: A Novel
20. The Brothers Grimm: From Enchanted

1. Aus Grimms Marchen, 4. Tiel
by Jacob, (1785-1863). Wilhelm Grimm (1786-1859) Grimm
 Hardcover: Pages (1910-01-01)

Asin: B003GF1BNQ
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2. Kinder und Hausmchen Volume 3 (German Edition)
by Grimm Jacob 1785-1863, Grimm Wilhelm 1786-1859
 Paperback: 430 Pages (2010-09-30)
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Asin: 1171921071
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3. Kinder und Hausmchen Volume 2 (German Edition)
by Grimm Jacob 1785-1863, Grimm Wilhelm 1786-1859
 Paperback: 498 Pages (2010-09-30)
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Asin: 1171921047
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4. Kinder Und Hausmchen (German Edition)
by Grimm Jacob 1785-1863, Grimm Wilhelm 1786-1859
 Paperback: 462 Pages (2010-09-30)
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Asin: 1171921187
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5. Acht Märchen der Brüder Grimm (Insel-Bücherei, Nr.992)
by Jacob,; 1785-1863 Grimm, Wilhelm,; 1786-1859 Grimm
 Hardcover: Pages (1976)

Asin: B002FBQ5GU
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6. Folk-lore and fable: Aesop, Grimm, Andersen, with introductions and notes
by Wilhelm, 1786-1859 Grimm
 Paperback: Pages (2009-10-26)

Asin: B003O561EC
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7. Household stories
by Wilhelm, 1786-1859 Grimm
 Paperback: Pages (2009-10-26)

Asin: B003O5AALC
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8. FAIRY TALES By The Brothers Grimm. Introduction by Harry Hansen.
by Jacob [1785 - 1863] & Wilhelm [1786 - 1859]. Grimm
 Hardcover: Pages (1931-01-01)

Asin: B002PZ9TC8
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9. Selected Tales (Oxford World's Classics)
by Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm
Paperback: 404 Pages (2009-10-04)
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Asin: 0199555583
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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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. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Fun!
In the introduction, Joyce Crick says the purpose of this edition of Selected Tales by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm is to "give the book back to the authors" by which she means Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. The Grimm's collected these tales at a place and time that basically made them the first people in the "modern" era to do such a thing. Of course, their product, their "Tales" had an after life that spawned hundreds of years of children's literature in Germany and the US, and eventually became the substantial basis for all of the early Disney smash hits, more or less.Say what you want about Walt Disney being a Nazi, but no one who has been to Salzburg can deny the similarity.

The Grimms, being who they were,writing when they were, didn't provide any context, just the tales.However, over time they did edit the selection of Tales, taking out some of the more gruesome tales and editing some of the remaining tales.This edition does a good job of running through those differences.

Although I had a clear idea that the original Grimm's tales were much darker then the American/Disney versions, until I read this recentely published book (2009 in America, 2008 UK?) I had never actually READ any of the tales.I would have liked more info about the pre-Christian elements, but that was beyond the scope of the edition.Maybe next time...

4-0 out of 5 stars A decent collection of these famous stories
This book does not contain all of the Grimms' stories, but it does include a wide selection (sixtyish) of the most famous and most interesting tales.There were many more stories, of course, but the editor of this edition has chosen some of the most well-known and representative ones.In addition, there are many tales included that aren't necessarily famous but are just as good as the familiar ones.

The book opens with an interesting introduction, which shows how the Grimms were the first to seriously record folk wonder tales in a literary form, putting them in good prose but still maintaining respect for the original stories.(The earlier French writers drew on folktales, but altered them into tales of courtly intrigue, and sometimes told them in a snickering, sarcastic style.)Then, of course, come the tales themselves, well-written and yet hauntingly simple.

Note:This is an edition for the grown-ups. No illustrations.Visually, it looks like a textbook rather than a book of fairy tales.I do need to buy a pretty edition someday, to pass on to my hypothetical kids.:) ... Read more

10. The Complete Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales, Deluxe Edition (Literary Classics (Gramercy Books))
by Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm
Hardcover: 704 Pages (2006-10-03)
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Asin: 0517229250
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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This illustrated volume contains every published story by the Brothers Grimm, from well-known classics like "Cinderella" to lesser-known tales such as "The Bright Sun Brings on the Day". Other enchanting fairy tales include:

• "The Frog Prince"

• "Hansel and Gretel"

• "Snow-White and Red-Rose"

• "Rapunzel"

• "Little Red Riding Hood"

• "Rumpelstiltskin" ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Great translation - not so great book quality
While this is certainly not a "coffee table" quality book, the translation is true to form.
I teach gifted children (3rd through 5th) and they love to read and hear the "old words". I use this book in a unit I teach on Fairy Tales. We read a story and then watch the pretty Disney version. We then compare and contrast the differences and similarities.
They are often shocked and sometimes thrilled - especially the boys who thought fairy tales were for girls - at the darker aspects of the original versions.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Classic Must Have!
The stories may not always have happy endings, but that's why I love it!It's always interesting to read the writing styles of yesteryear, and I haven't been able to put this book down since it arrived!

4-0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect
What has happened to the illustrations these days? I had this book as a child and the pictures in it where so much better. But the stories are the same, so - great book!

4-0 out of 5 stars Big book
Alot of the other customers are right, I just got the book and the pages are very very thin and the book itself probably wont last long if you dont take care of it.. It is however alot pigger than I thought. And one person said the stories dont make sense from the translations, thats not true. i would recomend this book if you cannot find it else where.

5-0 out of 5 stars WOW!!!!Beautiful!! (...and then some!)
This book is not only asthetically pleasing, with its richly colored and textured cover and gilt pages; but each and every story reflects the wonder and imagination that draws us all to fairy tales....

Inside the Grimm's are at their finest, and pulling no punches. This may be where Disney found Cinderella, Snow White and so on - but they are NOT the watered down versions we have seen in cartoons. Must be appreciated for the purity of the stories, NOT recommended if you are looking for warm, fuzzy, cute-sy tales for the babes. ... Read more

11. Grimm Brothers and the Germanic Past (Amsterdam Studies in the Theory and History of Linguistic Science Series III: Studies in the History of the Language Sciences)
by Elmer H. Antonsen, James W. Marchand
 Hardcover: 172 Pages (1990-09)
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12. Terrors of Childhood in Grimms' Fairy Tales (Berkeley Insights in Linguistics and Semiotics)
by Winfried G. Kudszus
 Paperback: 149 Pages (2005-09)
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Questioning culturally predetermined consolidations of childhood experience, this study focuses on memory and affect on the verge of linguistic formulation. Fairy tale plots frequently function as cover-ups of a deeply rooted violence that expresses itself through sensibilities of the skin and in presymbolically charged cataclysms. In a narrative border zone, early linguistic and psychic events re-emerge with primordial force. Split into seemingly irreconcilable opposites, good and evil engage in warfare with each other; cannibalism and infanticide take hold of family life. In close readings of four newly translated, intricately interpersonal fairy tales related by the Brothers Grimm, this inquiry explores an utter frightfulness ... Read more

13. The Brothers Grimm & Their Critics: Folktales and the Quest for Meaning
by Christa Kamenetsky
 Hardcover: 400 Pages (1992-07)
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14. Inventors and Creators - The Brothers Grimm
by Raymond H. Miller
Hardcover: 48 Pages (2005-09-02)
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"Cinderella," "Hansel and Gretel," "Rapunzel," and "Snow White" are just a sampling of the dozens of fairytales presented to the world by the German brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. This book details the social and political influences that shaped the lives of the Brothers Grimm and the wonderful tales they shared. (20030301) ... Read more

15. Grimms' Fairy Tales: A History of Criticism on a Popular Classic (Studies in German Literature, Linguistics, and Culture)
by James M. McGlathery
 Hardcover: 144 Pages (1993-12)
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Professor McGlathery's study is the first to survey scholarly criticism of Grimms' Fairy Tales from its publication to the present. It reveals the changing perception of fairy tales, from the initial assumption that they were descended from ancient sources, and the consequent interest in the genre's origin and evidence for ancient ritualistic practice, to the study of the fairy tale as a literary genre, distinct from other types of popular narrative; ideological critics are seen to pursue the meaning of the tales, and folklorists to examine cultural sources and story-telling as performance art. ... Read more

16. The Reception of Grimms' Fairy Tales: Responses, Reactions, Revisions
 Paperback: 347 Pages (1996-02)
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This collection of essays explores the historical, cultural and personal factors that have caused the tales to elicit diverse responses, reactions and revisions. The work addresses a variety of issues including the literary, philosophical, creative and oral reception of the tales. ... Read more

17. The Hard Facts of the Grimms' Fairy Tales
by Maria Tatar
Paperback: 360 Pages (2003-05-06)
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Asin: 0691114692
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Murder, mutilation, cannibalism, infanticide, and incest: the darker side of classic fairy tales figures as the subject matter for this intriguing study of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm's Nursery and Household Tales. This updated and expanded second edition includes a new preface and an appendix containing new translations of six tales, along with commentary by Maria Tatar. Throughout the book, Tatar skillfully employs the tools not only of a psychoanalyst but also of a folklorist, literary critic, and historian to examine the harsher aspects of these stories. She presents new interpretations of the powerful stories in this worldwide best-selling book. Few studies have been written in English on these tales, and none has probed their allegedly happy endings so thoroughly. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Hard Facts of the Grimms' Fairy Tales
Ms. Tatar has a dry, somewhat solidly academic style of expression which unfortunately made reading this book a chore, rather than a distinct pleasure (despite its admirable research into the original sources for the tales of the brothers Grimm and the history behind the many revised versions of various tales).

While this is an intelligent, informative book, it was 'weighty' when it could have been written with a much lighter touch.I don't mean, in a poking-fun-at-the-subject style, or that Ms. Tatar needed to dumb it down, but just... lighter.Some writers, including academics, have this gift and others just - don't.

The (black & white only) illustrations are very good; I particularly liked the ones drawn by Gustave Dore, and could wish there were a few more of these.

This book would probably be a very useful source for a college term paper, but as reading material for the ordinary person (like me) with an interest in the facts behind fairy tales... well, in the end, I'm relieved this was a library loan and not a purchase.

2-0 out of 5 stars Rambling, Poorly Edited
Hard Facts of Grimms' Fairy Tales / 0-691-11469-2

Like many of us, I am deeply interested in fairy tales and I eagerly anticipated this book, looking forward to an engaging, informative handling of the content and textual analysis of the Grimms' tales, with a focus on the un-"child-friendly" elements so common in the stories, due to their original intent to entertain mature audiences.

Unfortunately, I was profoundly disappointed in this book. Clarity and organization are severely lacking and the whole book feels very much like a hastily expanded dissertation that was haphazardly padded to 'book size'. The writing runs in various different directions, often seemingly at random, with no clear view of why a certain topic was discussed, nor how it led into the next topic.

For example, in the first chapter ("SEX AND VIOLENCE: The Hard Core of Fairy Tales"), Tartar deals very briefly and very superficially on the existence of sex and violence in fairy tales before moving hurriedly on to devote the bulk of the chapter on the Grimms' financial difficulties, publishing woes, irritation over harsh critics, and such varied and dissimilar themes as the differences in vernacular between various editions, the misfortunes of modern compilers who have not had the older, less heavily edited versions available, and authors who failed to realize that the "Grimms" author were two people, not one. Most of these topics, as the shrewd reader will note, have little or nothing to do with sex or violence in Grimms' fairy tales or any others, so it is deeply unclear why this comprised the bulk of a chapter titled "SEX AND VIOLENCE".

Another flaw in this book pointing to a dissertation source is Tatar's baffling obsession with diagrams. Multiple diagrams are devoted to detailing the difference between "fairy" tales and "folk" tales. This was not a topic that interested me whatsoever, and the multitude of pages devoted to it was deeply annoying. What does the difference between a fairy/folk tale have to do with the "hard facts" of the Grimms' tales? Nothing, as we later find out. It's just something Tatar is interested in, and she hopes we will be, too. Slightly more pertinent is the number of diagrams devoted to detailing the relationships between various story archetypes, but once again, I did not buy this book to learn about the archetypes of fairy tales, but rather to deal with the "hard facts" of the Grimms' tales - specifically the existence of, explanation for, and critical analysis of the sex, violence, and abandonments in the Grimms' tales, along with the fact that a number of endings were very much "happily ever after". The lack of serious treatment of these grim topics makes me feel that this book was misnamed in an attempt to drum up sales.

I seriously considered giving the book 3 stars because I did eventually find Tartar's off topic discussions to be mildly interesting. However, I do not think it is appropriate to market a book to an audience expecting analysis and explanation of the content of the Grimms' tales, when the book should more accurately be billed as a "history of the publication of the Grimms' tales" or "an analysis of relationships between archetypical characters in classic fairy/folk tales" or something similarly close to the actual content of this book. If you want a book on deconstructing fairy tales in general, this is a decent resource, if somewhat dry. If you want a book on the grim realities of the Grimms' tales, look elsewhere.

3-0 out of 5 stars Interesting
The book is quite interesting but rather academic.I had the feeling I was reading someone's PhD thesis, albeit an interesting one.

3-0 out of 5 stars The Riddles Of Classic Fairy Tales
I have read several of Maria Tatar's books for critical fairy tales analysis.
The book is lush with beautiful drawings and the writing style is acutely very good, and very easy to read, and understand.
However, I just really wasn't impressed because I had known most of the information that was presented in thisvolume.
I acutely would recommend her novel The Annotated Classic Fairy Talesand her up coming book The Annotated Brothers Grimm ( this also looks very interesting. )
The Hard Facts of the Grimms' Fairy Tales( to me at least. ) Would be a good starter point for someone who really wants to know the truth about fairy tales.
More recommend for new comers who want's great art work and something easy to read.

5-0 out of 5 stars close look at the uncensored tales
It was really interesting to find out about how the Grimm's collection was put together and how it was rewritten. I was surprised to read that the Grimms added violence in order to make the stories more parent-friendly--I guess parents in those days really believed that punishments would produce virtue.Loved the stories at the end, which are pretty hair-raising.
I was surprised to learn that these stories went so far back in time and that they were originally for adults. ... Read more

18. The Owl, The Raven, and the Dove: The Religious Meaning of the Grimms' Magic Fairy Tales
by G. Ronald Murphy
Hardcover: 208 Pages (2000-07-20)
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Asin: 0195136071
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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The fairy tales collected by the brothers Grimm are among the best known and most widely-read stories in western literature. In recent years commentators such as Bruno Bettelheim have, usually from a psychological perspective, pondered the underlying meaning of the stories, why children are so enthralled by them, and what effect they have on the developing child. In this book, Ronald Murphy takes five of the best-known tales ("Hansel and Gretel," "Little Red Riding Hood," "Cinderella," "Snow White," and "Sleeping Beauty") and shows that the Grimms saw them as Christian fables. Murphy examines the arguments of previous interpreters of the tales, and demonstrates how they missed the Grimms' intention. His own readings of the five so-called "magical" tales reveal them as the beautiful and inspiring "documents of faith" that the Grimms meant them to be. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars AS Promised
This book was purchased new, and it was in its promised condition. the seller was prompt and I receieved the product via, air mail! It came in its promised time and condition!The Owl, The Raven, and the Dove: The Religious Meaning of the Grimms' Magic Fairy Tales

5-0 out of 5 stars Having Read A Selection
I was given a selection regarding "Hansel And Gretel" from this book for my German Fairy Tales, Folktales, and Fables course.I was very impressed by Murphy's work.What was so fascinating was the use of the Grimm's VERY OWN notes in regards to the story being used as an allegory for spiritual maturation into the Christian faith.He never implies that the tales had a Christian origin, but he does explain clearly how the Grimm brothers took the tales and made them personal expressions of faith by using their own words and commentaries.He pays homage to their extra-German origin, but he does so without downplaying the brothers' own influence on the formation of these particular versions.An impressive work.

1-0 out of 5 stars "Not withstanding" is right!
It is a REAL STRETCH to say that the Grimm faery tales origins were Christian. I can only speculate that the reason for this book is to make us Christians feel like we can read these stories to their children without fear, or regret. Really, it is quite bold to try to twist things to appear to be Christian so that Christians can claim them as their own. Unfortunatly Murphy perpetuates this behavier in this book. The origins of these tales are obviously Pagan, read up on the brothers Grimm and really study the tales they told. Everyone should be able to enjoy these faery tales without trying to make them acceptable first. Appreciate them for what they are, dont put a spin on them. Believe it or not, some things can be enjoyable without being of Christian origin.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Link in a Long Chain of Grace.
It was while reading the story of Jorinda and Joringal, a tale not mentioned in this book, that I began to wonder about the spirituality of the Brothers Grimm.Jorinda, a beautiful maiden, is transformed into a nightinggale and taken captive in a castle by a witch.One day, her lover, a shepherd, finds a red flower with a drop of dew in the center of it.When he touches the witch with with the flower, it deprives her of her evil power, and Joringal's beloved is set free.I had to wonder: "Did the Grimms know they were talking about Jesus?"Murphy answered this question for me: they did, indeed.

If I were going to pick a word to describe the overall impression the author gives me, I think it would be "kindly."At first I sometimes got the feeling I was listening in on someone else's conversation: Murphy forgets his readers and his partners in academic dialogue are strangers, and need to be introduced.But once everyone is seated for discussion, Murphy is generous not only to the Grimms (he sometimes tells how good a writer Wilhelm is, when he should be showing), he treats other scholars with respect (not a universal habit in academia), and describes the ironic skepticism or sexual crudities of rival versions of these tales without downplaying those approaches, yet bringing out the special depth of the Grimm's mythical imagination and spiritual feeling.

The main subjects of this book are Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, Cindarella, and Sleeping Beauty.(But don't overlook Appendix A, a closer look at Wilhelm Grimm's New Testament, or Appendix C, the story of the Cross and the Christmas tree.It was the star on top of the latter that furnished the fifth star for this rating.)

The story Murphy tells is one link in a chain of grace that goes back thousands of years.Early Christian thinkers saw classical philosophy and myth as a "tutor" to bring the Western world to Christ.Dante and Michaelangelo picked up on the same theme in the Middle Ages.G. K. Chesterton described how, as a child, he learned reason and morality, and intimations of spiritual truth, from fairy tales, naming some of the stories in this book, but without talking about Christianity in particular.Later he wrote a book, Everlasting Man, in which he described pagan mythology in similiar sympathetic terms.This is the book that helped C. S. Lewis, who would become the most influential Christian writer of the 20th Century, to conclude that the Gospel was the answer to the question, "Where have all the hints of Paganism been fulfilled?"Later Lewis brought the story full circle with his own redemptive fairy tales, the Chronicles of Narnia.So the story Murphy tells is of interest historically, as well as for the remarkable light it sheds on our favorite fairy tales.It is one link in a chain of grace that no man on earth can fully know.

For those interested in the bigger picture, let me recommend some good books: City of God (Augustine); Contra Celsus (Origin); Everlasting Man and Orthodoxy (Chesterton); Eternity in Their Hearts (Don Richardson); Jesus Through the Centuries (Jaroslav Pelikan); The Crown of Hinduism (J.N.Farquhar); and Discovery of Genesis.(with reservations - see my Amazon review.)Also, of course, my own books, Jesus and the Religions of Man, and True Son of Heaven: How Jesus Fulfills the Chinese Culture.

My four year old boy spied the cover of this book, with its picture of Snow White and the owl, raven, and dove, and asked for an explanation."The prince came and kissed Snow White and shecame back to life," I told him."Is (the prince) God?" He asked.Murphy shows that the Brothers Grimm still have the power to solicit deep spiritual questions from people of all ages.

5-0 out of 5 stars Magnificent achievement
A groundbreaking analysis of Grimm's fairy tales. Ronald Murphy does a superb job of demonstrating how the Brother Grimm drew out the Christian meaning in the tales, often by adding symbolic or allegorical material. This is a tour-de-force of insightful scholarship and literary detective work.

I note that one of the other reviews of this book claims that Murphy says the tales are of Christian origin. But this is not the case; rather, he suggests that the tales contain elements of Greco-Roman, Egyptian, Germanic, and French folklore. The point is, as Murphy so masterfully demonstrates, that the Grimms took this material and exposed its latent Christian meaning.

This is one of the best books about Grimm's tales to come across in many year; highly recommended. ... Read more

19. Grimm's Last Fairytale: A Novel
by Haydn Middleton
Hardcover: 256 Pages (2001-03-16)
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Asin: 0312272901
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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In September 1863 Jacob Grimm travels through rural western Germany with his devoted niece, Auguste, who longs to learn at long last the truth about her family.They are accompanied by Kummel, their new and enigmatic manservant.As relations between the three reach crisis point, vivid flashbacks tell of Jacob's traumas and heartbreaks here in his original homeland.Old now, Jacob resists Auguste's attempts to make him take stock of his life.But memories that are repressed have a tendency to reappear in other places, and in other guises.Throughout Jacob's travels, he is reminded of the folk tales he and his brother Wilhelm collected in their Tales for the Young and Old.Although the brothers were renowned language scholars and passionate supporters of German unification, the Tales haunted them throughout their lives.Most notable is the feverish fairytale of Sleeping Beauty, which holds a shattered mirror to a life, a country, and a history. The version recounted here is not the Disney version of Sleeping Beauty, nor even the Grimm's version, but an enchanting tale that goes beyond the marriage of the Prince and Princess, to reveal the surprising truth behind the evil.In his compelling historical novel, Haydn Middleton re-creates the life-story of literature's most famous brothers.It is a history that could almost be a fairytale itself, with its fabulous changes of fortune, tests of duty and honor, arrogant princes, lost loves, and twisted family relationships - all unfolding in a world of dark forests and even darker politics.AUTHORBIO: After graduating from New College, Oxford in 1976 Haydn Middleton has taught and lectured in history. He is also the author of six acclaimed novels. He lives in Oxford, England with his two children. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing
An incredible accomplishment.Middleton interweaves 3 stories:Jacob Grimm at the end of his life, key moments throughout Grimm's life, and a stylized version (related to Grimm's life) of the fairy tale, Briar Rose.All three stories are richly interwoven and overlapped, so you are never quite sure which is influencing the other.Middleton uses wonderful pacing, beautiful language and a "well-spun" yarn to keep the reader thoroughly engaged.As a history buff, I appreciated Middleton's ability to include historical and cultural background to help explain the purpose behind Grimm's actions.I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the history of fairy tales, German development during the early 19th century, the life and times of the Grimm's Brothers, or simply a well-told story.

5-0 out of 5 stars MAGICAL ARTISTRY
Middleton's Grimm ranks with Angela Carter's bejeweled fairytale rewrites in BURNING MY BOATS. He weaves three plots into one story. First he tells of the life of Jacob Grimm in his last year as he takes a sentimental journey across Germany to an early home he shared with his brother during Wilhelm's marriage. He tells of Jacob and Wilhelm's youth and their mother's stories that burst with blood and suicide, and how these stories later lead into the the brothers collecting horrific children's tales. He tells of Jacob's tie to his late brother's daughter, who falls in love with their mysterious manservant, Kummel. And he tells the story of Sleeping Beauty as it has never been told before and which parallels Jacob's own life. All these stories are suffused with marvelous description and surreal imagery that at once rubs shoulders with gripping realism and such rich epithets as "Her face would split a pitcher." For me, this is a stunning invention and modern classic that follows the German soul into its darkest subterranean windings that lead later into jackboots on cobblestones. Do yourself a huge favor and dip in. ... Read more

20. The Brothers Grimm: From Enchanted Forests to the Modern World
by Jack Zipes
Paperback: 384 Pages (2002-12-18)
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Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Most of the fairy tales that we grew up with we know thanks to the Brothers Grimm. Jack Zipes, one of our surest guides through the world of fairy tales and their criticism, takes us behind the romantic mythology of the wandering brothers. Bringing to ber his own critical expertise as well as new biographical information, Zipes examines the interaction between the Grimms lives and their work. He reveals their personal struggle to overcome social prejudice and poverty, as well as their political effortsas scholars and civil servantstoward unifying the German states. By deftly interweaving the social, political, and personal elements of their lives, Zipes rescues the Brothers Grimm from sentimental obscurity. No longer figures in a fairy tale, the Brothers Grimm emerge as powerful creators, real men who established the fairy tale as one of our great literary institutions. Part biography, part critical assessment, and part social history, The Brothers Grimm provides a complex and very real story about fairy tales and the modern world. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Mandy's Review
Zipes, Jack.2002.The Brothers Grimm:From Enchanted Forests to the Modern World.New York:Palgrave Macmillan.

The first edition of Jack Zipes' The Brothers Grimm:From Enchanted Forests to the Modern World was published in 1988.So, this particular book is the second, revised version of its kind. Zipes wished to write this book to address more information that has become available about the lives of the Grimm brothers since his last edition.He describes his inspiration with the following statement."Their hope for themselves and their people in the once upon a time of their fairy tales is the hope that has inspired my own work, and despite the critical and skeptical attitude I maintain in studying their work and legacy, it is their fairy-tale hope that keeps me going" (p. xvi).

Zipes begins the book with a reintroduction of The Brothers Grimm.He writes of the early "idyllic" life of the Grimm family.Their father was a successful lawyer and their mother was a devoted housewife.Life was going well for the family of 6 children up until the death of their father.After that, they depended heavily on the graciousness of their grandfather and other relatives, especially their Aunt Henriette, whom Zikes compares to a "good fairy".Jacob and Wilhelm, the oldest male children, were expected to become successful and take care of and retain the good name of the Grimm family. Jacob was the eldest, very bright, and was much like their father.Wilhelm was very bright also, but more prone to ill health.Jacob and Wilhelm did go on to excel in school.Jacob had planned to become a lawyer like his father, but instead he felt obligated to care for his mother and 5 younger siblings.So, he left behind the study of law and secured a job. Wilhelm did stay on to finish his law studies, but eventually Jacob and Wilhelm followed their heart in the literary world. These two brothers were very close all through their lives.

The second chapter describes the intent and process of the gathering together of tales.The brothers sought to capture and preserve the German literature and folklore.Jacob even composed a letter to request the help of the people in the gathering of this material.He writes, "Our literature, history, and language cannot seriously be understood in their old and true origins without doing more exact research on this material" (p. 27).The Brothers Grimm are often portrayed as having traveled around Germany collecting tales from the peasants. However, this isn't exactly the way it happened at all!The primary way that these famous writers gathered their material was to invite "storytellers to their home and then have them tell the tales aloud, which the Grimm's either noted down on first hearing or after a couple of hearings" (p. 28).

The third chapter discusses the symbolic subject of the forest in many of the tales.Next, the fourth chapter looks at the valued characteristic of cunning in various heroes of these tales. "The male heroes in the Grimm's' tales tend to be adventurous, cunning, opportunistic, and reasonable" (p. 95).Also, it is interesting to note that most of these heroes are not princes!The fifth chapter explores how many German people view the Brothers Grimm and the fairy tale.Chapter six shows comparisons of the work of Henri Pourrat to Perrault and the Brothers Grimm. Then, the next few chapters deal with some analysis of various aspects of these tales, such as the treatment of children, the shift of power, and the relationship between fairy tales and myths. Finally, the last chapter explores the "struggle for the Grimms' Throne".Zipes discusses the different writing styles that have developed since 1945.These new kinds of fairy tales include social satire, utopian, pedagogical, feminist, comic parody, and spiritual tales.The final part of the book includes notes on various aspects of the chapters and then a bibliography at the very end.

The Brothers Grimm certainly made a tremendous impact on the world of literature as we know it."Highly acclaimed as the founders of the popular fairy-tale tradition in the West, if not in the entire world, the Grimm's aspired as brilliant philological scholars to glorify the greatness of the German popular tradition" (p. xi).Jack Zipes does an incredible job of bringing together a very detailed look at the lives of the Brothers Grimm and their impressive contributions.The strength of this book is the author's obvious investment in the amount of research and analysis.This book is an excellent resource for gaining a better understanding of the history behind the work of the Brothers Grimm.By understanding their work better, educators can make informed decisions about what aspects they may or may not want to include in lessons."Educators have not been interested in motifs so much as in the morals and the types of role models in the tales" (p. 49).Teachers might use the analysis provided by Zipes to prepare lesson plans that look more closely at various elements that make up the fairy tale.After reading this book, the reader becomes more aware of the traditions and culture of fairy tales.

2-0 out of 5 stars A mishmash of everything
This book tries to cover a lot of ground, but in the end you get a sense that it has gotten you anywhere.The first impression I got was that this book was actually a bunch of journal articles thrown together because there isn't much sense of continuity to this book.It doesn't have an overall theme and the topics covered don't seem to connect well.It starts off with a short biography of the Grimms, so far so good.After that, it covers the orgins of the tales, a little dry, but not bad.After that, there's a chapter about how the Grimm tales indoctrinate children into the bourgeoisie.The Marxism seems a little dated.After that, out of the blue, you get a chapter on Henri Pourrault, an obscure writer of fairy tales.It's never explained why this writer is in this book, but I guess the author really liked this journal article and couldn't resist throwing it in.

After this, it gets really weird.You get a chapter about how fairy tales are all about childhood sexual abuse.If that doesn't kill your mood to read fairy tales, then the following chapter in which the author attacks the Grimm tales as outdated and obsolete and advocates the rewriting of the tales for more modern perspectives will.One gem that the author singles out for praise is a rewriting of Cinderella.In this version, Cinderella is a labor organizer who organizes all the workers in her kingdom.The prince, impressed by her accomplishments, falls in lover with her and proposes.However, Cinderella refuses to betray the worker and rejects the prince.In the end, Cinderella moves to America and the prince commits suicide over the heartbreak.Wow, the kids will love that one.It's not even entertaining or enlightening for adults and borders on masochistic.That's some of the nonsense that you'll run into in this book.I really recommend that you pass on this.

5-0 out of 5 stars For serious students of European fantasy literature
The Brothers Grimm: From Enchanted Forests To The Modern World by Jack Zipes (Professor of German, University of Minnesota) is an informed and informative examination of the lives of the famous fairy tale gatherers, writers, and preservers, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. From their humble origins amidst poverty and prejudice to their ultimate contribution to literature as a whole, The Brothers Grimm is a truly fascinating account and a "must-read" for serious students of European fantasy literature and folklore. ... Read more

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