Germany birthed dozens of authors of fairy tales in the 18th and 19th centuries, among them Wilhelm Hauff, Ludwig Bechstein, Clemens Brentano, and – most prolific of them all – Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm.
It is the tales of the Brothers Grimm that have transcended the ages and have been told and re-told countless times and from where we’ve drawn inspiration for next summer’s celebration of BreyerFest: Prost! Tales like Hansel & Gretel, Rapunzel, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White,and more were penned by this pair, many based on ages-old folkloric tales, in an effort to preserve the history of the region.
The work of this duo influenced countless other writers, including their own contemporaries around Europe and in America, to document to folktales of their own nations and cultures. Hundreds of fairy tales from around the globe are still with us today.
The Brothers published two volumes of their Fairy Tales and a condensed edition geared specifically for children. While many of their original tales have been toned down over the years for readers, their original works are not for the faint of heart! Translations of the original texts can be found in this collection, compiled by Carnegie Mellon University.
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