19 December 2009
The stories collected by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm in the early 1800s serve up life as generations of central Europeans knew it—capricious and often cruel.
The Brothers Grimm (German: Die Brüder Grimm or Die Gebrüder Grimm), Jacob 1785 - 1863, and Wilhelm Grimm 1786 - 1859, were German academics who were best known for publishing collections of folk tales and fairy tales, which became popular as "Grimm's Märchen. They also did academic work in linguistics, related to how the sounds in words shift over time.
They are among the best-known story tellers of folk tales from Europe, and their work popularized such tales as "Rumpelstiltskin", "Snow White", "Sleeping Beauty", "Rapunzel", "Cinderella", "Hansel and Gretel", and "The Frog Prince".