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The Grimm Reader, featuring landmark introductions by A. S. Byatt and Maria Tatar, celebrates the radiant cultural legacy of stories collected by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm-tales that have enchanted children and adults alike for generations. Even after two hundred years, the tales gathered by the Grimms continue to have an extraordinary global reach. Their scenes of unsparing savagery and jaw-dropping beauty remind us that fairy tales, for all their simplicity, have the power to draw us into a world of words and to transform us as we read. Containing some of the most enduring tales found in world literature, this collection will introduce readers to the sorcery of the stories collected by the Brothers Grimm. Book jacket.

Author Biography

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, The Annotated Brothers Grimm, and The Annotated Hans Christian Andersen.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. ix
Reading the Brothers Grimmp. xxi
The Tales
The Frog King, or Iron Heinrichp. 3
The Poor Miller's Boy and the Catp. 9
The Wolf and the Seven Little Goatsp. 14
The Twelve Brothersp. 18
Little Brother and Little Sisterp. 25
Rapunzelp. 33
The Three Little Men in the Woodsp. 39
Hansel and Gretelp. 46
The Fisherman and His Wifep. 55
The Brave Little Tailorp. 66
Cinderellap. 77
Mother Hollep. 86
The Seven Ravensp. 90
Little Red Riding Hoodp. 94
The Bremen Town Musiciansp. 100
The Devil and His Three Golden Hairsp. 105
The Magic Table, the Gold Donkey, and the Club in the Sackp. 113
The Elvesp. 126
The Robber Bridegroomp. 129
Godfather Deathp. 134
Fitcher's Birdp. 138
The Juniper Treep. 143
The Six Swansp. 155
Briar Rosep. 162
Snow Whitep. 167
Rumpelstiltskinp. 179
The Golden Birdp. 183
The Three Feathersp. 193
The Golden Goosep. 197
Furrypeltsp. 202
The Singing, Soaring Larkp. 209
The Goose Girlp. 216
A Fairy Tale about a Boy Who Left Home to Learn about Fearp. 224
The Worn-out Dancing Shoesp. 236
The Star Talersp. 241
Snow White and Rose Redp. 243
The Golden Keyp. 251
Tales for Adults
The Jew in the Bramblesp. 255
Mother Trudyp. 263
The Hand with the Knifep. 265
How Children Played Butcher with Each Otherp. 267
Hans Dummp. 270
The Evil Mother-in-Lawp. 273
The Children Living in a Time of Faminep. 276
The Stubborn Childp. 278
The Rosep. 280
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimmp. 283
Preface to Volume 1 of the First Edition of Children's Stories and Household Talesp. 295
The Magic of Fairy Talesp. 305
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