The Autors The Brothers Grimm Bio

: Grimms' Fairy Tales

The Brothers Grimm, Jacob (1785-1863) and Wilhelm (1786-1859), were born

in Hanau, near Frankfurt, in the German state of Hesse. Throughout

their lives they remained close friends, and both studied law at Marburg

University. Jacob was a pioneer in the study of German philology,

and although Wilhelm's work was hampered by poor health the brothers

collaborated in the creation of a German dictionary, not completed until

century after their deaths. But they were best (and universally) known

for the collection of over two hundred folk tales they made from oral

sources and published in two volumes of 'Nursery and Household Tales' in

1812 and 1814. Although their intention was to preserve such material as

part of German cultural and literary history, and their collection was

first published with scholarly notes and no illustration, the tales soon

came into the possession of young readers. This was in part due to Edgar

Taylor, who made the first English translation in 1823, selecting about

fifty stories 'with the amusement of some young friends principally in

view.' They have been an essential ingredient of children's reading ever