A scholar of fairy tales, Maria Tatar, provides a fascinating introduction about the history and meaning of the stories assembled by the Brothers Grimm. She writes, for example, "We now know that the stories collected in the nineteenth-century folktale anthologies ...had their origins in an irreverent peasant culture that arose in conscious opposition to the feudal state's ruling class. By overdoing it in the realm of storytelling, these narrators were able to alleviate--if only temporarily--some of the tedium that marked the daily life of their audience ... [These tales] can be seen as the ancestors of our urban legends about vanishing hitchhikers and cats accidentally caught in the dryer or as the preliterate equivalents of tabloid tales describing headless bodies found in topless bars. But in many ways, it is the horror film to which the matter and manner of these folktales has most conspicuously migrated. Like horror films, folktales trade in the sensational--breaking taboos and enacting the forbidden with uninhibited energy."
The text of the 19 tales in this collection is based on the 1822 edition of Kinder- und Hausmärchen (Nursery and Household Tales) by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm--before the tales were expurgated and rewritten to make them more "suitable" for children. It's bound in a handsome faux-antique format, and lavishly illustrated by Tracy Arah Dockray (15 full-page color paintings, and a black-and-white drawing on nearly every page). Most of the tales will be unfamiliar to American and English readers, who may be surprised by the graphic descriptions of incest, murder, mutilation, and cannibalism. Chronicle Books has done us a service in helping restore to our adult culture these vivid, evocative folktales. --Fiona Webster --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Maria Tatar (Cambridge, Massachusetts) is one of the world's foremost Grimm scholars and is professor of Germanic languages and literature at Harvard.
It was exactly what I was looking for. Arrived just before Christmas and in great shape. Thanks you so much!Published on Jan. 16 2012 by Ash
This book contains the collection of the Grimm's brothers original fairy tales, and mostly gruesome in nature, involving cannibal and gruesome acts. Read morePublished on Feb. 21 2004 by Norliza Ismail
I received this book as a Christmas present last year, and it has quickly become one of my all-time favorites. Read morePublished on Aug. 30 2003 by JoJo Lesher
Liked the illustrations to this volume of the darker tales, especially Juniper Tree, which was an amazing story that makes you realize just how awful the stepmothers of fairy tales... Read morePublished on May 19 2003 by shamrock2014
I grabbed this for free out of a bookclub: and that's about all I'd tell you to do and save your money. So why the two stars, instead of only one? Read morePublished on May 7 2003 by Kindle Customer
About the only fairy tale we will notice is the Cinderella story called Aschenputtal in this book. It is very different from the Cinderella we know. Read morePublished on Jan. 28 2003 by Amazon Customer
If yo enjoy ny type of horror thi book is worth reading. I loe this book, it is my faveorite bookPublished on Jan. 6 2002 by Desi
I thought this book wouold have been much much different. I thought I would be scared beyond the point of being scared. I was dead wrong. Read morePublished on May 7 1999
At least they were readable and the style of writing is more appropriate for young readers. And by that I don't mean these weren't readable because of their content, but rather... Read morePublished on April 19 1999