The Brothers Grimm

Easton Press Brothers Grimm books

Grimm's Fairy Tales - 100 Greatest Books Ever Written - 1980
Hansel and Gretel and Other Stories - 1983
Deluxe Limited Edition Grimm's Fairy Tales in Slip Case - 2014

Franklin Library Brothers Grimm books

Snow White and other Tales - World's Best Loved Books - 1978
Fairy Tales by The Brothers Grimm - 100 Greatest Books of All Time - 1981
100 Fairy Tales by The Brothers Grimm - Collected Stories of the World's Greatest Writers - 1984


Who are The Brothers Grimm?

The Brothers Grimm, Jakob Ludwig Karl Grimm (1785–1863) and Wilhelm Carl Grimm (1786–1859), were German scholars, linguists, philologists, and folklorists who made significant contributions to the study of folklore and the preservation of traditional folktales. Born in Hanau, Germany, Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm are best known for compiling and popularizing the collection of fairy tales commonly known as Grimm's Fairy Tales. Raised in a large family, the Grimm brothers developed a deep appreciation for language and storytelling from an early age. Both Jakob and Wilhelm pursued studies in law at the University of Marburg, but their true passion lay in literature and folklore. By 1807 there was a growing interest in German folk tales. The Grimm brothers invited friends to their home and asked them to relate stories they had heard.

In 1812, the Grimm brothers published the first volume of their collection titled Children's and Household Tales (Grimm's Fairy Tales). The collection included well-known stories such as Cinderella, Snow White, Hansel and Gretel, and Little Red Riding Hood. Over the years, multiple editions were released, and the collection expanded to include hundreds of folktales, legends, and fairy tales. The Grimm brothers did not merely record these stories; they also aimed to preserve and study the rich oral traditions of German folklore. Their work contributed significantly to the field of comparative folklore studies, and they became pioneers in the study of linguistics and philology.

In addition to their work on folktales, Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm were influential in the development of the German Dictionary (Deutsches W├Ârterbuch), a comprehensive project that aimed to document the German language's historical development. This monumental dictionary, although not completed by the brothers, laid the groundwork for later lexicographical studies.

Throughout their lives, the Grimm brothers faced various challenges, including political turmoil and censorship. They held academic positions and continued their scholarly pursuits, contributing to the intellectual landscape of 19th-century Germany. Wilhelm Grimm passed away on December 16, 1859, while Jakob Grimm lived for a few more years, passing away on September 20, 1863. The legacy of the Brothers Grimm endures not only through their fairy tales but also through their contributions to the fields of folklore, linguistics, and literature. Their impact on storytelling and cultural preservation remains profound, and their collection of fairy tales continues to captivate audiences around the world.

Grimm's Fairy Tales

Originally titled Children’s and Household Tales. Often thought of as children's tales, the original stories from the Brothers Grimm are nothing of the sort. Dark, vindictive, and full of hard-to-swallow life lessons The Brothers Grimm, Jacob and Wilhelm, were German linguists and cultural researchers who gathered legendary folklore and aimed to collect the stories exactly as they heard them.

They are the stories we've known since we were children. Rapunzel. Hansel and Gretel. Cinderella. Sleeping Beauty. But the works originally collected by the Brothers Grimm in the early 1800s are not necessarily the versions we heard before bedtime. They're darker and often don't end very happily but they're often far more interesting.

These magnificent tales, which date back to the dawn of storytelling among the people of Northern Europe, was first compiled by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm and were published in Germany in 1812 and 1815. Since then, selections from these stories have appeared and reappeared in countless translations throughout the world.

Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, known as the Brothers Grimm, present a collection of the folklore and fairy tales of Germany. The brothers gathered the tales that bewitched young readers, no matter how scary they were. From the abandonment of children to the magic of a fairy stepmother, the brothers kept the folklore tradition alive. The fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm are among the best-loved and most famous in all of literature. What reader is not familiar with the stories "Little Red Riding Hood," "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," "Cinderella," "Sleeping Beauty," "Repunzel," "Rumplestilskin," or "Tom Thumb"? Derived from folktales that had been part of the oral storytelling tradition for centuries, these stories are acknowledged as literary landmarks that transcend their time and culture. With the words “Once upon a time,” the Brothers Grimm transport readers to a timeless realm where witches, giants, princesses, kings, fairies, goblins, and wizards fall in love, try to get rich, quarrel with their neighbors, and have magical adventures of all kinds and in the process reveal essential truths about human nature.

From the land of fantastical castles, vast lakes and deep forests, the Brothers Grimm collected a treasury of enchanting folk and fairy stories, full of giants and dwarfs, witches and princesses, magical beasts and cunning children. From classics such as 'The Frog Prince' and 'Hansel and Gretel' to the delights of 'Ashputtel' or 'Old Sultan', all hold a timeless magic which has enthralled children for centuries.

Perhaps no other stories possess as much power to enchant, delight, and surprise as those penned by the immortal Brothers Grimm. Featuring all your favorite classics, including “Hansel and Gretel,” “Cinderella,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” “The Frog Prince,” “Rapunzel,” “Snow White,” “Rumpelstiltskin,” “Sleeping Beauty” and dozens more.

Hansel and Gretel

Hansel and Gretel , also known as Little Step Brother and Little Step Sister, is a German fairy tale compiled by the Brothers Grimm and published in 1812 in Grimm's Fairy Tales. Hansel and Gretel, are a brother and sister abandoned in a forest, where they fall into the hands of a cannibalistic witch who lives in a house made of gingerbread, cakes and buns. The witch tries to fatten the children before eating them, but Gretel taunts the witch and kills her. The two children then escape alive and return home with the witch's treasure.

"Once upon a time there was a poor woodcutter who lived near a great forest with his wife and his two children. The little boy was called Hansel, and the little girl's name was Gretel..."

So begins this classic Grimm tale of two innocent children, abandoned in the forest by their cruel mother, who happen upon the enchanting gingerbread house of a wicked witch. Hansel's cunning and little Gretel's courage foil the witch's evil plan to fatten them up and eat them, and in the best fairy tale tradition, they and their loving father live happily ever after.

The first time, they follow a trail of stones back to the house, but the second time they use breadcrumbs, which are eaten by the birds. Lost and alone, they discover a house made from gingerbread. Will the inhabitant of the house help them?

This old German fairy tale was collected by the German Brothers Grimm and published in 1812 in Grimm's Fairy Tales. It is also known as Hansel and Grettel, or Little Step Brother and Little Step Sister. Since its publication, it has become a classic and beloved tale to millions of avid readers.

Snow White and Other Tales

Snow White and Other Tales includes many of the most popular tales penned by German brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, taken from their original collection Children's and Household Tales, first published in 1812.

Here are beloved characters, including Snowdrop or Snow White, Briar Rose or Sleeping Beauty, Ashputtel or Cinderella, Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel, Rumpelstiltskin, The Elves, The Shoemaker and more.

The tale of Snow White was known in many different cultures and countries, but the version recorded by the brothers Grimm became the most famous one. Originating in seventeenth-century French folklore, the story of Snow White has long been one of the world's most memorable childhood tales.

At the beginning of the story, a queen sits sewing at an open window during a winter snowfall when she pricks her finger with her needle, causing three drops of red blood to drip onto the freshly fallen white snow on the black windowsill. Admiring the beauty of the resulting color combination, she says to herself, "Oh how I wish that I had a daughter that had skin as white as snow, lips as red as blood, and hair as black as ebony". Soon after that, the Queen gives birth to a baby girl who is as white as snow, has lips red as blood and has hair as black as ebony. They name her 'Snow White'

“Mirror, mirror, on the wall,
Who's the fairest one of all?”

It is the story of an evil queen determined to do away with a girl with skin as white as snow, lips as red as blood, and hair as black as ebony who threatens the queen's quest to remain the most beautiful in her kingdom.

The fairy tale features such elements as the magic mirror, the poisoned apple, the glass coffin, and the characters of the evil queen/stepmother and the seven dwarfs. The seven dwarfs were first given individual names in the Broadway play Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1912) and then given different names in Walt Disney's 1937 film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
The kindhearted princess Snow White charms every creature in the kingdom except one, her jealous stepmother, the Queen. When the Magic Mirror proclaims Snow White is the fairest one of all, she must flee into the forest, where she befriends the lovable seven dwarfs - Doc, Sneezy, Grumpy, Happy, Bashful, Sleepy and Dopey. But when the Queen tricks Snow White with an enchanted apple, only the magic of true love's kiss can save her!



Cinderella is treated horrible by her step-mother, who favors her own girls and makes Cinderella act as a lowly servant. But all this changes when a fairy appears to help the poor girl escape her drudgery and meet a handsome prince!

Once upon a time, a poor nobleman married a very rich, but proud and bad-tempered lady. She was his second wife, and had two grown-up daughters, of exactly her own disposition. The nobleman, too, had a daughter - the loveliest girl ever known. She had been brought up by her god-mother, who, as sometimes happened, in those days, was a Fairy. ...

Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood, or Little Red Ridinghood, also known as Little Red Cap or simply Red Riding Hood, is a French and later European fairy tale about a young girl and a Big Bad Wolf.

One of the most popular classic stories of all time, in the stories collected by the Brothers Grimm, Little Red Riding Hood was a very good and obedient girl. But one day, when she was carrying a basket to her grandmother, the evil wolf tricked her. Thank goodness a lumberjack showed up! When the wolf appeared again, Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother no longer needed any help...

Tom Thumb

A boy the size of his father's thumb has a series of adventures, including stopping a pair of thieves, being swallowed by a cow, and tricking a wolf into bringing him back home.


Beautiful Rapunzel has been imprisoned by an evil enchantress. Every day, she sits at the window of her high tower, and sings as she lets down her long hair. Then one day, a prince comes riding by....

Beautiful Rapunzel is locked away in a tall, tall tower, visited only by the little creatures of the forest and the witch who has imprisoned her. Until one day a handsome prince, passing by on his horse, is transfixed by the magical sound of Rapunzel singing to her animals friends and knows he must reach her... Can true love transform Rapunzel's life forever?


In Rumpelstiltskin a miller’s careless boast that his clever daughter can “spin gold from straw” is forced by the king to make good on this claim. A little man arrives to help the miller’s daughter in exchange for her firstborn child. When the daughter, who by now is the queen, gives birth to a child, the little man comes to collect. He agrees to release the queen from her promise if she can learn the imp’s name.

The title character is a mysterious gnomelike man who spins straw into gold for the benefit of a beautiful miller's daughter, in exchange for her future firstborn child . The little man reappears to demand his payment when the young woman, now the queen, bears her first child.
After she begs him to release her from her thoughtless vow, he allows her three days in which to discover his name. If she cannot, he will take the child. All seems lost until someone overhears his premature celebration of his good fortune and gives the queen the information she needs to keep her child.

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