The Brothers Grimm

The Brothers Grimm

From Enchanted Forests to the Modern World

Book - 2002
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Baker & Taylor
Highlights the lives and contributions of the Grimm brothers along with an interpretation of their fairy tales and a discussion of their legacy in Germany.

McMillan Palgrave
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 behind the romantics mythology of the wandering brothers. Bringing to bear his own critical expertise, as well as new biographical information, Zipes examines the interaction between the Grimms' lives and their work. He reveals the Grimms' personal struggle to overcome social prejudice and poverty, as well as their political efforts - as scholars and civil servant - toward unifying the German states. By deftly interweaving the social, political, and personal elements of the lives of the Brothers Grimm, Zipes rescues them from sentimental obscurity. No longer figures in 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, part social history, the Brothers Grimm provides a complex and very real story about fairy tales and the modern world.

Book News
Zipes (German, U. of Minnesota) has substantially revised his study of the Brothers Grimm, their lives, work, and the subsequent, often radical, re-interpretation of the fairy tales for which they're known. The fairy tales are described, with attention to their origins and the psychological and social interpretations of the Grimms and later interpreters. A new section discusses the legacy of the Brothers Grimm in Germany since the Berlin wall came down in 1989. Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, c2002
Edition: 1st ed., 2002 ed.
ISBN: 9780312293802
Characteristics: xx, 331 p. : ill. ; 22 cm


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