Orig­i­nal Folk & Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm

Animation Magazine - - Frame- By- Frame - Trans­lated & Edited by Jack Zipes [Prince­ton Univ. Press, $35]

When Ger­man brothers, lin­guists and cul­tural re­searchers Ja­cob and Wil­helm Grimm first pub­lished a col­lec­tion of clas­sic Euro­pean tales in 1812, lit­tle did they know the likes of Ra­pun­zel, Cin­derella and The Lit­tle Mer­maid would be­come in­ter­na­tion­ally beloved clas­sics — nor could they pos­si­bly en­vi­sion how th­ese age old sto­ries would sur­vive and evolve through gen­er­a­tions of en­ter­tain­ment tech­nol­ogy (in­clud­ing all eras of an­i­ma­tion).

In this new col­lec­tion of the first 156 sto­ries pub­lished by the Grimms in their 1812 and 1815 edi­tions, fairy tale scholar Jack Zipes of­fers English trans­la­tions that re­tain the min­i­mally em­bel­lished sto­ry­telling style of the brothers’ orig­i­nal tellings, which re­flect their oral tra­di­tions. An in­sight­ful in­tro­duc­tion of­fers his­tor­i­cal con­text, and the book in­cludes the Grimms’ pref­aces and notes. The whole in­spir­ing pack­age is or­na­mented by award-win­ning artist An­drea Dezso’s il­lus­tra­tions. It’s no won­der this hard­cover re­vival has been sell­ing out ev­ery­where since be­ing pub­lished in Oc­to­ber.

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