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This section of World of Tales is devoted to the Brothers Grimm. Below you will find a biography of the renown scholars, information about their fairy tales, and four ebooks filled with different versions of your favourite stories.

Top Grimm's fairy tales as visited by users

1.The Frog-King, or Iron Henry - Margaret Hunt
2.Cinderella - Margaret Hunt
3.Rapunzel - Margaret Hunt
4.Rumpelstiltskin - Taylor/Edwardes
5.Hansel and Grethel - Margaret Hunt
6.Little Snow-White - Margaret Hunt
7.Little Red-Cap [Riding Hood] - Taylor/Edwardes
8.The Story of the Youth who Went Forth to Learn What Fear Was - Margaret Hunt
9.Rumpelstiltskin - Margaret Hunt
10.Little Red-Cap [Riding Hood] - Margaret Hunt

About the Brothers Grimm

Brothers Grimm fairy tales

Brothers Grimm biography

The Brothers Grimm were born in Hanau, Germany. Jacob was born on the 4th of January 1785 and Wilhelm - on the 24th of February 1786. From early youth, until their death, the brothers were very close friends, always complementing each other.

Their father, Philipp Wilhelm Grimm (1752 - 1796), was a lawyer. After his passing, the Brothers Grimm were able to finish their education only thanks to the generosity of their aunt. The Brothers Grimm showed their brilliant abilities while they were still young. After a graduation at the Kassel School, the Grimms... Read the complete biography

Brothers Grimm and their fairy tales

The Brothers Grimm are probably the best known story tellers in the world. Many years have passed since the time Jackob and Wilhelm Grimm released their "Children's and household tales". The first Volume of Grimm's fairy tales was released in 1812, and the second - in 1814. The first edition and was very modest, both in appearance and capacity - there were only 83 fairy tales, compared to the 200 we know today.

The foreword to the collection was signed by the Brothers Grimm on October 18th, 1812. The booklet was highly appraised in this era of spectacular bloom of romance, when the German national consciousness was formed and nationalist aspirations were awakening... Read more on the Brothers Grimm fairy tales page

About the books and different editions:
Edition Released Fairy tales Additional information
First edition Vol.1 1812 82 The first volume of the first edition of the Brothers Grimm's fairy tales was released.
First edition Vol.2 1815 72 The second volume of the first edition was published, increasing the number of Grimms fairy tales to 155.
Second edition 1819 160 The Brothers Grimm published the second edition of their fairy tales. There were significant changes in comparison to the previous one. A lot of fairy tales were edited significantly and re-recorded and five new were added. This edition was the basis for the first translations of the Grimm's fairy tales in many languages (including English).
Third edition 1837 167 In the third edition the Brothers Grimm added seven new fairy tales, making a total of 167.
Fourth edition 1840 177 The fourth edition contained 177 fairy tales.
Fifth edition 1843 193 The fifth edition was the biggest addition to the Brothers Grimm fairy tales, adding another sixteen.
Sixth edition 1850 200 With the sixth edition the Brothers Grimm completed their collection, recording 200 fairy tales and 10 children's legends.

The Brothers Grimm fairy tales

Household tales by the Brothers Grimm

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Notes: Translated by Margaret Hunt, this is the only book that contains the complete collection of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales - 200
fairy tales and 10 legends.

Author: Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
Published: 1884
Translator: Margaret Hunt
Publisher:George Bell and Sons, London

Grimm's fairy tales

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Notes: Translated by Edgar Taylor and Marian Edwardes. Contains 62 fairy tales.

Author: Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
Translator: Edgar Taylor and Marian Edwardes
Published: 1876
Publisher: R. Meek & Co., London

Grimm's Fairy Stories

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Notes: This book contains 25 fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm.

Author: Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
Translator: Unknown
Published: 1922
Publisher: Cupples and Leon Company, New York

Household Stories by the Brothers Grimm

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Notes: This fairy tale collection contains 52 of the Grimm's fairy tales.

This new Dover edition, first published in 1963, is an unabridged republication of the work first published by Macmillan and Company in 1886.

Author: Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
Translator: Lucy Crane
Published: 1963 (1886)
Publisher: Dover Publications, New York (Macmillan & Co, London)

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