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20 Things You Didn't Know About Grimm

Harvard professor Maria Tatar, editor, translator and annotator of the bicentennial edition of The Annotated Brothers Grimm, divulged some surprising facts about Grimms tales in a recent interview...

The heading should probably read "may not know", but nevertheless worht checking over:

1. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm didn't intend their collection of fairy tales to be for children at all. It was part of a scholarly project to identify and preserve the true spirit of the Germanic people.

2. But Edgar Taylor, an Englishman, translated and published the stories in England in 1823, where kids loved them. German Popular Stories was so popular it inspired the Grimms to edit their collection for family reading. The rest is history: today their stories underpin literary and popular culture in the western world.

3. The Grimms didn't wander the countryside, braving woods and weather to glean tales from peasants in crumbling hovels. Their sources were mostly educated, middle-class women who were especially good raconteurs. Many came to the Grimms' home and recounted stories in genteel comfort, except for one retired soldier, who told his in exchange for old clothes.

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