Shelf Control is a weekly feature from Bookshelf Fantasies! The goal is to take a look at the books that are already released that you own but have not read yet. I have MANY that fall under that category so this feature is perfect for me. Check out Lisa’s inaugural post for more details!
Title: The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm
Author: Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm, Andrea Dezso , Jack D. Zipes
Published: Published October 19th 2014 by Princeton University Press (first published 1815)
Length: 519 Pages
Goodreads Summary: When Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm published their “Children’s and Household Tales” in 1812, followed by a second volume in 1815, they had no idea that such stories as “Rapunzel,” “Hansel and Gretel,” and “Cinderella” would become the most celebrated in the world. Yet few people today are familiar with the majority of tales from the two early volumes, since in the next four decades the Grimms would publish six other editions, each extensively revised in content and style. For the very first time, ” The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm” makes available in English all 156 stories from the 1812 and 1815 editions. These narrative gems, newly translated and brought together in one beautiful book, are accompanied by sumptuous new illustrations from award-winning artist Andrea Dezso.
From “The Frog King” to “The Golden Key,” wondrous worlds unfold–heroes and heroines are rewarded, weaker animals triumph over the strong, and simple bumpkins prove themselves not so simple after all. Esteemed fairy tale scholar Jack Zipes offers accessible translations that retain the spare description and engaging storytelling style of the originals. Indeed, this is what makes the tales from the 1812 and 1815 editions unique–they reflect diverse voices, rooted in oral traditions, that are absent from the Grimms’ later, more embellished collections of tales. Zipes’s introduction gives important historical context, and the book includes the Grimms’ prefaces and notes.
A delight to read, “The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm” presents these peerless stories to a whole new generation of readers.”
How I Got It: I bought it.
When I Got It: Sometime in early 2015.
Why I Want To Read It: I love fairy tales and when I heard about this edition of THE originals, I knew I had to have it. And even though I had to have it, I still have not even opened the front cover. I need to get on this, even if I only read one fairy tale per week.
Have any of you read this book? What did you think of it?