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Snow White and Other Tales By Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm

Snow White and Other Tales by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm

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The tales gathered by the Grimm brothers are familiar, fantastic, and frightening. This selection includes fables, morality, comic stories, and their best known 'fairy' tales, as well as variant stories that were deemed unsuitable for children.

Snow White and Other Tales Summary

Snow White and Other Tales by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm

'Once upon a time in mid-winter, when the snowflakes were falling from the sky like down, a queen was sitting and sewing at a window ...' The tales gathered by the Grimm brothers are at once familiar, fantastic, homely, and frightening. They seem to belong to no time, or to some distant feudal age of fairytale imagining. Grand palaces, humble cottages, and the forest full of menace are their settings; and they are peopled by kings and princesses, witches and robbers, millers and golden birds, stepmothers and talking frogs. Regarded from their inception both as uncosy nursery stories and as raw material for the folklorist the tales were in fact compositions, collected from literate tellers and shaped into a distinctive kind of literature. This translation mirrors the apparent artlessness of the Grimms, and fully represents the range of less well-known fables, morality tales, and comic stories as well as the classic tales. It takes the stories back to their roots in German Romanticism and includes variant stories and tales that were deemed unsuitable for children. In her fascinating introduction, Joyce Crick explores their origins, and their literary evolution at the hands of the Grimms.

Snow White and Other Tales Reviews

The book that afforded me deepest pleasure is 'Selected Tales' by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm (trans Joyce Crick). What a joy to meet Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel and Ashypet again in these sparkling new versions. * Paul Bailey, The Independent *
terrific new edition...forcefully translated and brilliantly analysed, by Joyce Crick. * The Independent *
Joyce Crick, a fine scholar of German literature, has set out here to rescue Grimm's Tales both from children and folklorists and to help us see it as a major work of literature... she has done a magnificent job, and both she and OUP are to be congratulated. * TLS *
As always the OWC have treated the stories with respect and the translator, Joyce Crick, has done an excellent job of using standard modern English, making the stories easily approachable and enjoyable, while still retaining the sense of antiquity which gives them part of their charm. * FictionFan *
Definitely a collection aimed at adults and students, but with all the pleasure of story telling flourishes which make it a joy to read. I'm delighted with this edition. * Desperate Reader *

About Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm

Joyce Crick taught German at University College London until her retirement. She has written on Kafka's first English translators, Willa and Edwin Muir, and for OWC she has translated The Metamorphosis and Other Stories and A Hunger Artist and Other Stories by Kafka, and Freud's The Interpretation of Dreams, winner of the Shlegel-Tieck Prize in 2000.

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NGR9780198833840
9780198833840
0198833849
Snow White and Other Tales by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
New
Hardback
Oxford University Press
2019-05-02
416
N/A
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