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Paul Pullman has chosen his 50 favorite Brothers Grimm stories and retold them rather closely to the spirit of the originals, from the quests and romance of classics such as Rapunzel, Snow White and Cinderella to the danger and wit of such lesser-known tales as The Three Snake Leaves, Hans-My-Hedgehog and Godfather Death. The new versions include commentary on each story's history and background. The Brothers Grimm harvested their tales from friends and old books. Many of the tales date back thousands of years and have variations in other languages and cultures. The decision by the Grimm brothers to collect and publish fairy tales was not an isolated phenomenon, but part of a widespread preoccupation of the time, about 200 years ago. Pullman said in an interview that it’s not the words in the tales that matter, but rather the sequence of events.
Here are my favorite fairy tales, two are from Grimm.
Originally posted: Thursday, December 6, 2012
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