Sixty-five German folk-fairy tales with explanatory, introductory material, notes on each individual selection, and a glossary of Scots words.
Selected Tales contains some of the most timeless and enchanting folk and fairy tales collected by the Brothers Grimm, translated with an introduction by David Luke in Penguin Classics.
These folktales collected by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm are among the most memorable stories in European culture - conjuring up a world of spells and bewitchment, outwitted villains and cruel stepmothers, animal bridegrooms and enchanted princesses. Tales such as 'Hansel and Gretel', 'Little Red Cape' and 'The Robber Bridegroom' depict the dangers lurking in dark forests, and others, including 'Briar-Rose' and 'Snow White' show young beauties punished by unforgiving sorceresses. Other tales include 'Thickasathumb', which portrays a childless young couple whose wish for a baby is granted in an unexpected way, while 'The Frog King' tells of a rash promise made by a haughty princess to share her bed with a frog, and a fortune is won in 'The Blue Lamp', when a soldier gains a kingdom with the help of a magic lamp.
David Luke's vibrant translation is accompanied by an introduction discussing the key themes of the tales and the literary background of the Brothers Grimm. This edition also includes new further reading and a chronology, with notes and a glossary.
Jacob (1785-1863) and Wilhelm (1786-1859) are nowadays simply known as 'the brothers Grimm'. Both brothers were state-appointed librarians in Kassel, and later members of the Academy of Arts and Sciences in Berlin, where Frederick William IV of Prussia had invited them to settle. Two of Germany's greatest scholars, Jacob is regarded as the founder of the scientific study of the German language, and with his brother Wilhelm initiated the Deutsches Woerterbuch, a dictionary of all words in modern High German since 1450.
If you enjoyed the Selected Tales of the Brothers Grimm, you might like Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales, also available in Penguin Classics.
Jacob (1785-1863) and Wilhelm (1786-1859) are nowadays simply known as 'The Brothers Grimm'.
Translated with an Introduction and Notes by David Luke Introduction 1. The Fisher an His Gweedwife 2. Rumplestiltskin 3. Hansel and Gretel 4. Little Redcape 5. Rapunzel 6. Briar Rose 7. Snowwhite 8. The Jeniper Tree 9. Little Brother and Little Sister 10. The Three Little Men in the Forest 11. Mother Snowbed 12. The Three Birdies 13. The Twelve Brothers 14. The Seven Ravens 15. The Six Swans 16. The Two Brothers 17. The Master Huntsman 18. The Water of Life 19. The Golden Bird 20. The Dwarfie 21. Jack the Strong Man 22. The Six Who Went Far in the World 23. The Six Servants 24. The Sea-Rabbit 25. The Worn-out Dancing-shoes 26. The Devil's Three Golden Hairs 27. The Griffin 28. The Three Snake-leaves 29. Faithful John 30. One-eye, Two-eyes and Three-eyes 31. Ashiepattle 32. Manypelts 33. The Rightful Bride 34. The Iron Stove 35. The Twa Royal Bairnies 36. The Goosegirl 37. Jack of Iron 38. The Frog King, or Iron Harry 39. The Young Donkey 40. Jack My Hedgehog 41. The Magic Table, the Gold-donkey, and the Cudgel in the Sack 42. The Knapsack, the Hat and the Horn 43. The Blue Lamp 44. The Salad-donkey 45. The Three Brothers 46. The Four Skilful Brothers 47. The Young Giant 48. Thickasathumb 49. Bearskin 50. The Devil and His Grandmother 51. The King of the Golden Mountain 52. The Prince Afraid of Nothing 53. The Crystal Ball 54. Auld Rinkie 55. Jorinda and Joringle 56. The Nixie in the Pond 57. Fetcher's Fowl 58. The Robber Bridegroom 59. The Bremen Town Band 60. Clever Elsie 61. Lazy Harry 62. The Three Army-surgeons 63. The Clever Little Tailor 64. Bumpkin 65. Owld Peadair Notes Glossary of Scots Words
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