“The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm” translation and introduction by Jack Zipes (Bantam, 2003)

Brothers Grimmstarstarstarstar

If you like fairytales and have always wanted to know where they originate, here’s your chance.  For the first time, a complete edition of the fairytales of the Brothers Grimm has been published in paperback form at an affordable price.  A handy reference tool, pleasant reading, and a book you can always turn to to read to your kids, all in one!

With an introduction on the Brothers Grimm and this specific translation, the book then launches into the countless fairytales told in their virgin form (warning, this may not only shock minors to hear the truth, but also the grownups).  There is a lot more blood and gore in the original tales that have not been Disneyfied for kids.  Split into sections of regular tales, “Omitted Tales,” and “Selected Tales from the Annotations of 1856”; this is a true gem to have on one’s shelf.  The book features a chivalric cover along with beautiful black and white illustrations throughout the book.  It is a present perfect for any avid fairytale lover.

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Originally published on March 17th, 2003 ©Alex C. Telander.

Originally published in the Long Beach Union.

“The Great Fairy Tale Tradition: From Straparola and Basile to the Brothers Grimm” Selected and Edited by Jack Zipes (Norton, 2000)

Tales of Them Fairies

Great Fairy Tale Traditionstarstarstar

In a new text from W. W. Norton and Company (publisher of many of your textbooks) comes the latest compendium of the founding yet moving stories of Europe that are fairy tales.  The Great Fairy Tale Tradition, selected and edited by Jack Zipes, has just about every fairy tale you could want.  The book has also been published in the Norton tradition, with thin-leaf pages that hold a large number of words, making the book smaller than the thousand pages insinuates, and therefore lowering the price.

Some of the more familiar fairy tales in this anthology include: “Puss in Boots,” “Rapunzel,” “Rumpelstiltskin,” “Sleeping Beauty,” “Hansel and Gretel,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” and “Beauty and the Beast.”  The difference here is that the fairy tales are in their complete original form (albeit translated), just as the author originally wrote them.  This is a book that anyone with an affection for fairy tales could do with.

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Originally published on September 4th 2001 ©Alex C. Telander.

Originally published in the Long Beach Union.