Selected Tales

Paperback | August 30, 2009

byJacob Grimm, Wilhelm GrimmTranslated byJoyce Crick

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'Once upon a time in mid-winter, when the snowflakes were falling from the sky like down, a queen was sitting and sewing at a window ...' The tales gathered by the Grimm brothers are at once familiar, fantastic, homely, and frightening. They seem to belong to no time, or to some distant feudal age of fairytale imagining. Grand palaces, humble cottages, and the forest full of menace are their settings; and they are peopled by kingsand princesses, witches and robbers, millers and golden birds, stepmothers and talking frogs. Regarded from their inception both as uncosy nursery stories and as raw material for the folklorist the tales were in fact compositions, collected from literate tellers and shaped into a distinctive kind of literature. This new translation mirrors the apparent artlessness of the Grimms, and fullyrepresents the range of less well-known fables, morality tales, and comic stories as well as the classic tales. It takes the stories back to their roots in German Romanticism and includes variant stories and tales that were deemed unsuitable for children. In her fascinating introduction, JoyceCrick explores their origins, and their literary evolution at the hands of the Grimms.

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'Once upon a time in mid-winter, when the snowflakes were falling from the sky like down, a queen was sitting and sewing at a window ...' The tales gathered by the Grimm brothers are at once familiar, fantastic, homely, and frightening. They seem to belong to no time, or to some distant feudal age of fairytale imagining. Grand palace...

Joyce Crick was, until her retirement, Senior Lecturer in German at University College London. She has translated widely, including texts by Hamann, Herder, Schlegel, Novalis, and Solger. For Oxford World's Classics she has translated Freud's The Interpretation of Dreams and for the new Penguin Freud series, The Joke and Its Relation...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.71 inPublished:August 30, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199555583

ISBN - 13:9780199555581

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