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Grimm's Fairy Tales (1812)

by Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm (Author)

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Fourteen tales collected from German folklore and immortalized by the brothers Grimm.

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  OakGrove-KFA | Mar 29, 2020 |
Cinderella (The Brother's Grimm) New York: Guild America Books: 2018

Fairy Tale pg 81-87

A young girl's mother dies and makes her promise to always be good. Her father remarried a wicked woman with 2 evil daughters who call the young girl Cinderella and treat her terribly. When the princes ball comes around Cinderella earned the right to go by collecting lentils from the ashes with the help of her animal friends. Her stepmother still says no. Cinderella cries at her mothers grave and a beautiful dress appears on each of 3 nights and a pair of glass slippers on the 3rd. Cinderella loses 1 of her slippers and the enamored prince sets out to find her, first finding the evil sisters, one of whom cut off her toe and the other her heel in order to fit the slipper. He then found Cinderella who truly fit the slipper and they lived happily ever after.

This story is a fairy tale that follow the thoughts and writings of the time period. A little gruesome but has a moral and follow the traditional "happily ever after" writing style.

What morals did you get from the story? How is this story different from the more current versions?
  RachaelWilley | Feb 25, 2019 |
  booktsunami | Apr 3, 2018 |
In 1812, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm published a collection of German fairy tales. A second volume was published in 1815. After various revisions, a total of 211 stories were collected.

My English hardcover contains 55 of these stories, taken from both volumes. Many of the stories are very familiar: The Frog Prince, Rumpelstiltskin Rapunzel, Cinderella, and Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs to name a few.

The violence in these stories is shocking. The brothers received criticism for it even in their day. In 1825 they printed a Children's Edition which included some of the safer stories. Walt Disney has rendered even the safer stories innocuous.

Take the original Cinderella, for example. When the prince came to find the sister who fit the golden slipper, the eldest tried first:

Her great toe prevented her from getting it on. Her foot was too long.

Then her mother handed her a knife and said, "Cut off the toe. When you are Queen you won't have to walk any more."

The girl cut off her toe, forced her foot into the slipper, stifled her pain, and went out to the Prince. ...

Then he looked at her foot and saw how the blood was streaming from it. So he turned his horse round and carried the false bride back to her home, and said that she was not the right one. (162-3)

She was the lucky one! The second sister had to pare down her heel. In the end, Cinderella was married to the prince. As they walked into the church, a dove plucked one eye from each of the false brides. On their way out of the church the dove picked the other eyes. "And so for their wickedness and falseness they were punished with blindness for the rest of their days" (165).

I suppose that's one way to get children to behave!

These stories are part of our culture. They have staying power that is rarely seen. Enjoy them—just watch out for vindictive doves. ( )
  StephenBarkley | Oct 30, 2014 |
My copy used to belong to my mother, who gave it to me one day when I complained about having read all my books. And now that I see what Barbie and Disney have based their princess stories off of, It makes me like them even less. ( )
  teampeeta254 | Oct 6, 2013 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Grimm, JacobAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Grimm, WilhelmAuthormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Corcos, LucilleIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lucas, Edgar Mrs.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Manasek, LudekIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Paull, Susannah MaryTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rackham, ArthurIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Untermeyer, BrynaEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Untermeyer, LouisEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Varecha, VladimirEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Weedon, Lucy L.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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One summer's morning a Tailor was sitting on his bench by the window in very good spirits, sewing away with all his might, and presently up the street came a peasant woman, crying, "Good preserves for sale."
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This is a catch-all work for Grimm's Fairy Tales that cannot be distinguished among the various selections or complete collections by the same or similar names. Overall, the Brothers Grimm published approximately two hundred different stories; the selections here range from 4 to 60 stories each. Please do not combine this LibraryThing Work with either The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales, Grimm's Fairy Tales, or any other collection of The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm, but separate any individually identifiable record here and recombine it with other records for any other LibraryThing Work having the same contents. Thank you.
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