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(09/17/2008) Selected Tales by Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm. New York. 1982. Penguin Books. Translated From The German & With An Introduction & Notes By David Luke. keywords: Penguin Classics Literature Germany Translated Folktales. 422 pages. Cover shows an illustration to Briar-Rose by Viktor Paul Mohn. 0140444017.

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    Tales told by nurses and children, the talk of winter evenings, the stories heard in spinning-rooms. To reproduce these and the entire oral tradition of Germany was the ambitious project of the Grimm brothers in the early nineteenth century. Drawing on Jacob's scholarship and Wilhelm's literary talent, they published in 1812 Kinder - und Hausmarchen. a collection of stories which remains to this day the most famous body of folktales in the world. These stories, which they so lovingly collected have, as wholes or in part, innumerable parallels or equivalents outside as well as inside Germany. Not only are they often variants of each other but they also contain many of the motifs found in folktales ail over the world, such as the animal bridegroom, the wicked stepmother or the magic purse. The editor has provided an introduction and useful notes to add authenticity to the stories, of the sixty- five in his selection six have been translated by Gilbert McKay into a Scots dialect and two into Irish idiom by Philip Schofield.

 

 

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