The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm (Hardcover)

Staff Pick Logo
The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm Cover Image
Usually Ships in 1-5 Days

Staff Reviews

The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brother's Grimm: The Complete First Edition translated and edited by Jack Zipes. What makes Jack Zipe’s edition of the Grimm folk tales so important is that it is the first English translation of the original First Edition of the tales. The folk tales most English speakers heard were the latest forms they took, and any quick comparison between those and the versions in Zipe’s edition throw the dramatic changes they underwent into sharp relief. Some as different from the last edition as the last edition is from a Disney movie, this book is a must for any lover of fairy and folk tales. Andrea Dezso’s illustrations only add to the surreal feeling of reading a book you feel you know the bones of and encountering so much that is painfully different.

— From Carlin's Picks


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 decades the Grimms would publish six other editions, each extensively revised in content and style. For the very first time, The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm makes available in English all 156 stories from the 1812 and 1815 editions. These narrative gems, newly translated and brought together in one beautiful book, are accompanied by sumptuous new illustrations from award-winning artist Andrea Dezso.

From "The Frog King" to "The Golden Key," wondrous worlds unfold--heroes and heroines are rewarded, weaker animals triumph over the strong, and simple bumpkins prove themselves not so simple after all. Esteemed fairy tale scholar Jack Zipes offers accessible translations that retain the spare description and engaging storytelling style of the originals. Indeed, this is what makes the tales from the 1812 and 1815 editions unique--they reflect diverse voices, rooted in oral traditions, that are absent from the Grimms' later, more embellished collections of tales. Zipes's introduction gives important historical context, and the book includes the Grimms' prefaces and notes.

A delight to read, The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm presents these peerless stories to a whole new generation of readers.

About the Author

Jack Zipes is the translator of The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm (Bantam), the editor of The Great Fairy Tale Tradition (Norton), and the author of Grimm Legacies (Princeton). He is professor emeritus of German and comparative literature at the University of Minnesota. Andrea Dezsö is a visual artist who exhibits in museums and galleries worldwide and is associate professor of art at Hampshire College.

Coverage from NPR

Product Details
ISBN: 9780691160597
ISBN-10: 0691160597
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication Date: October 19th, 2014
Pages: 519
Language: English