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What are the Grimm Brothers doing In Hanna?
Posted March 10, 2011 to photo album "What are the Grimm Brothers doing In Hanna?"
A short history of the two brothers who made fairy tales famous with a few of their stories.
© First publication; Al Rio designed version for Zenescope Entertainment
…Who Collected Fairy Tales…
Beginning in 1806, the brothers, interested in preserving the folk traditions of their region, started collecting stories. While later romantic anecdotes recalled the brothers touring the country, listening to the stories of peasants and farmers, the two mostly worked from home and their college, where they invited storytellers in and transcribe their tales. By 1812, they collected enough to publish Tales of Children and the Home, their first collection of 86 fairy tales. Two years later, they published a second volume with 70 more stories. The collection would change slightly with each new publication. At its largest the collection contained 211 tales. Other editions reflected public criticism of the violence in the stories, and some pushed the brothers to more fully Germanize the tales, editing out foreign influences. But perhaps the most important change was the 1825 Kleine Ausgabe, which cut the collection down to 50 stories and included illustrations by their brother Ludwig Emil Grimm. The combination of stories and illustrations appealed to the pubic and made it a best seller. With in years, the tales had been translated into a number of other languages. And each edition would include new illustrations by such celebrated artists as Gustav Doré, Richard Doyle, Warwick Goble Ann Anderson, and more recently David Hockney. Perhaps the artist to most take advantage of these stories graphic natures was Walt Disney, who used the tales (“Cinderella,” “Snow White,” “The Frog Prince,” etc) for a number of his animated films.