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Grimm LegaciesThe Magic Spell of the Grimms' Folk and Fairy Tales$
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Jack Zipes

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780691160580

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691160580.001.0001

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German Popular Stories as Revolutionary Book

German Popular Stories as Revolutionary Book

(p.33) Chapter One German Popular Stories as Revolutionary Book
Grimm Legacies

Jack Zipes

Princeton University Press

This chapter considers Edgar Taylor's (1793–1839) adaptation of the Grimms' German Popular Stories (1823, 1826), which radically changed the destiny of what we today call the “fairy tales” of the Brothers Grimm. It recounts and analyzes the Grimms' intentions in collecting and publishing the two volumes of the first edition of their tales in 1812 and 1815 as well as the second edition of 1819. Then the chapter reviews the history of how Taylor came upon their tales in the early 1820s and why he decided to “translate” them into English. This chapter concludes by discussing how Taylor participated in the romantic antiquarian movement, what we would today call folklore, to recapture neglected relics of the past, and to defend the imagination against rationalism.

Keywords:   Edgar Taylor, German Popular Stories, adaptation, translation, romantic antiquarian movement, folklore, fairy tales

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