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Clever Maids: The Secret History of the Grimm Fairy Tales

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Most people know the stories of Snow White and Sleeping Beauty, but very few know that behind the Brothers Grimm and their fairy tales stood a network of sisters-and mothers, neighbors, and female friends. In this intimate history, Valerie Paradiz tells the real story of the greatest literary collaboration of the nineteenth century, and gives the long-lost narrators of these beloved tales their due. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm were major German intellects of their time, contemporaries of both Goethe and Schiller. But as Paradiz reveals here, the romantic image of the two brothers traveling the countryside, transcribing tales told to them by peasants, is far from the truth. More than half of the tales the Grimm brothers collected were contributed by women friends from the upper classes. Set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic wars and the high years of German romanticism, Clever Maids chronicles this most fascinating enterprise in literary history, and illuminates the ways the Grimm tales-with their mythic portrayals of courage, sacrifice, and betrayal-still resonate so powerfully today.

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"Most people know the stories of Snow White and Sleeping Beauty, but very few know that behind the Brothers Grimm and their fairy tales stood a network of sisters -and mothers, neighbors, and female fr"

About the Author

Valerie Paradiz holds a Ph.D. in German Studies and has taught at Bard College. She is the author of Elijah's Cup, as well as numerous translations. She lives in the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780465054916
Subtitle:
The Secret History of the Grimm Fairy Tales
Author:
Crane, Walter
Author:
Paradiz, Valerie
Publisher:
Basic Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
European - German
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20050706
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
, Y
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
7.5 x 5.25 in 8 oz

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Literary History » Germany
Humanities » Literary Criticism » General
Humanities » Mythology » German
Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » General

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