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The Grimm reader; the classic tales of the Brothers Grimm.


The Grimm reader; the classic tales of the Brothers Grimm.

Ed. by Maria Tatar.

W.W. Norton


325 pages




Over forty classic fairytales are collected in this work, without the scholarly annotations present in Tatar's (folklore and mythology, Harvard U.) other collections. She presents many well-known, and some lesser known, fairytales collected and written by the Grimm brothers in the 19th century, including Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella, Rumpelstiltskin, and The Golden Goose. Possessing all the seeming simplicity of the form, Tatar's translations are seamless and beautiful, and here and there the work is speckled with drawings by Walter Cane. An introduction by A.S. Byatt is included and Tatar provides an essay on reading the Brothers Brimm, as well as an interesting chapter at the end that collects famous writers' words on the subject of fairytales, including those of Sylvia Plath, Margaret Atwood, and C.S. Lewis. There is also a chapter aimed at familiarizing the reader with the lives of the Grimm brothers themselves. This work was first published in 2004.

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Date:Nov 1, 2010
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