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Grimm Reader: the Classic Tales of the Brothers Grimm (10 Edition)by Maria Tatar
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Even after two hundred years, the tales collected by the Brothers Grimm remain among our most powerful stories. Their scenes of unsparing savagery and jaw-dropping beauty remind us that fairy tales, in all their simplicity, have the power to change us. With some of the most famous stories in world literature, including "Cinderella," "Little Red Riding Hood," "Hansel and Gretel," "Snow White," as well as some less well known stories like "The Seven Ravens," this definitive collection promises to entrance readers with the strange and wonderful world of the Brothers Grimm.
Maria Tatar's engaging preface provides readers with the historical and cultural context to understand what these stories meant and their contemporary resonance. Fans of all ages will be drawn to this elegant and accessible collection of stories that have cast their magical spell over children and adults alike for generations.
Book News Annotation:
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. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Forty of the most famous and celebrated stories from the Brothers Grimm translated and edited by a leading professor of folklore.
About the Author
Maria Tatar chairs the Program in Folklore and Mythology at Harvard University. She is the author of Enchanted Hunters: The Power of Stories in Childhood, Off with Their Heads! Fairy Tales and the Culture of Childhood and many other books on folklore and fairy stories. She is also the editor and translator of The Annotated Hans Christian Andersen, The Annotated Brothers Grimm, The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales, The Annotated Peter Pan, The Classic Fairy Tales: A Norton Critical Edition and The Grimm Reader. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.Maria Tatar chairs the Program in Folklore and Mythology at Harvard University. She is the author of Enchanted Hunters: The Power of Stories in Childhood, Off with Their Heads! Fairy Tales and the Culture of Childhood and many other books on folklore and fairy stories. She is also the editor and translator of The Annotated Hans Christian Andersen, The Annotated Brothers Grimm, The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales, The Annotated Peter Pan, The Classic Fairy Tales: A Norton Critical Edition and The Grimm Reader. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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