The Grimm Brothers And Fairy Tales

1368 Words Mar 31st, 2015 6 Pages
The Grimm Brothers are well known around the world for the fairy tales they shared to the world. The Brothers Grimm, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, were German academics, linguists, cultural researchers, lexicographers, and authors who together specialized in collecting and publishing folklore during the 19th century. They were among the best-known storytellers of folk tales and the popularized stories such as "Cinderella", "The Frog Prince", "Hansel and Gretel", "Rapunzel", "Rumpelstiltskin", and "Snow White". Their first collection of folk tales, Children 's and Household Tales, was published in 1812 (Brothers Grimm). The Grimm Brothers shared fairy tales that had been passed down through generations, these stories changed the everyday lives of many people by influencing their perception. This article will help to get to know the Grimm brothers from their family origins, to what happened to their stories over years.
The Grimm Brothers originally came from Hanau, Germany. The boys grew up in a family of eleven. Sons of Philipp Wilhelm Grimm and Dorothea Grimm, née Zimmer had nine children and three died in infancy. Jacob and Wilhelm were the second and the third eldest in the family. In the early 1800’s, the boys began to study law at the University of Marburg. While there at the university they began to collect folktales. After Jacob and Wilhelm’s mother died, Jacob took the liberty to look after his younger siblings and went to work at a library in Kassel, and then Wilhelm did…
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