Google full text of our books:


Grimm Legacies:
The Magic Spell of the Grimms' Folk and Fairy Tales
Jack Zipes

Winner of the 2015 Chicago Folklore Prize, American Folklore Society and the University of Chicago

Paperback | August 2016 | $26.95 | £19.95 | ISBN: 9780691173672
288 pp. | 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
Hardcover | 2015 | $35.00 | £24.95 | ISBN: 9780691160580
288 pp. | 6 x 9 | 5 line illus.
Add to Shopping Cart

eBook | ISBN: 9781400852581 |
Our eBook editions are available from these online vendors

Reviews | Table of Contents
Introduction[PDF] pdf-icon

Google full text of this book:

In Grimm Legacies, esteemed literary scholar Jack Zipes explores the legacy of the Brothers Grimm in Europe and North America, from the nineteenth century to the present. Zipes reveals how the Grimms came to play a pivotal and unusual role in the evolution of Western folklore and in the history of the most significant cultural genre in the world—the fairy tale.

Folklorists Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm sought to discover and preserve a rich abundance of stories emanating from an oral tradition, and encouraged friends, colleagues, and strangers to gather and share these tales. As a result, hundreds of thousands of wonderful folk and fairy tales poured into books throughout Europe and have kept coming. Zipes looks at the transformation of the Grimms' tales into children's literature, the Americanization of the tales, the "Grimm" aspects of contemporary tales, and the tales' utopian impulses. He shows that the Grimms were not the first scholars to turn their attention to folk tales, but were vital in expanding readership and setting the high standards for folk-tale collecting that continue through the current era. Zipes concludes with a look at contemporary adaptations of the tales and raises questions about authenticity, target audience, and consumerism.

With erudition and verve, Grimm Legacies examines the lasting universal influence of two brothers and their collected tales on today's storytelling world.

Jack Zipes is the translator and editor of The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm (Princeton), the editor of The Golden Age of Folk and Fairy Tales (Hackett), and the author of Why Fairy Tales Stick, among many other books. He is professor emeritus of German and comparative literature at the University of Minnesota.


"[F]ascinating."--Michael Dirda, Washington Post

"Clear, precise, discreet, and exceedingly well informed about scholarship on the Grimms."--Willis Goth Regier, World Literature Today

"With this book Zipes positions [the Grimm] legacy among the forces of gods, dwarfs, samurai, cowboys, fairies, and other mutants better than does any other living author--again revealing the fairy tale as a genre of enlightenment as well as escape."--Choice

"The salience of authorial presence along with the personalized intensity of Zipes's critiques, suggests that this fine scholarly publication exploring the legacy of two nineteenth-century brothers may also secondarily express a solicitude for the legacy of a remarkable modem-day scholar."--Rebecca Anderson, Children's Literature Association Quarterly


"In this landmark work of fairy-tale scholarship, Jack Zipes comes to grips with the multiple legacies of the Brothers Grimm in German and Anglo-American cultures. With nuance and inexhaustible insight, Zipes shows how mythmaking, marketing, hype, Americanization, the appeal of collective action, and utopian longing have sustained 'the magic spell' of the Grimms' tales throughout two centuries of use and abuse. Anyone seeking to understand the popularity of the Grimms' fairy tales or their richly diverse reception will do well to begin here."--Donald Haase, editor of The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Folktales and Fairy Tales

"Magisterial and magnificent, Grimm Legacies decodes the intention, reception, and impact of the Grimms' fairy tales as they conquered Germany, the Anglo-American world, and, by way of multifaceted literary and filmic adaptations, the globe. Based on impeccable and informed research, this interpretive book challenges and delights readers with its innovative and detailed investigation of the many legacies of the globalized Grimms' tales."--Wolfgang Mieder, University of Vermont

More Endorsements

Table of Contents

Other Princeton books authored or coauthored by Jack Zipes:

Subject Area:

Shopping Cart options:

  • For ebooks:

Our eBook editions are available
from these online vendors:

  • Amazon Kindle Store
  • Apple iBooks
  • Barnes & Noble Nook Store
  • Google Play eBook Store
  • Intel Education Study eBook Store
  • Kobo eBook Store
  • Many of our ebooks are available through
    library electronic resources including these platforms:

  • Books at JSTOR
  • Ebrary
  • Ebook Library
  • EBSCO Ebooks
  • MyiLibrary
  • Dawsonera (UK)

    • For hardcover/paperback orders in United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, and Australia

     Paperback : $26.95 ISBN: 9780691173672

    Add to shopping cart

     Hardcover : $35.00 ISBN: 9780691160580

    Add to shopping cart
    View contents of your shopping cart

    • For hardcover/paperback orders in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, India, and Pakistan

     Hardcover : £24.95 ISBN: 9780691160580

    Add to shopping cart

     Paperback : £19.95 ISBN: 9780691173672

    Add to shopping cart
    View contents of your shopping cart

    Prices subject to change without notice

    File created: 4/28/2016

    Questions and comments to:
    Princeton University Press

    New Book E-mails
    New In Print
    PUP Blog
    Princeton APPS
    Sample Chapters
    Princeton Legacy Library
    Exam/Desk Copy
    Recent Awards
    Princeton Shorts
    Freshman Reading
    PUP Europe
    About Us
    Contact Us
    PUP Home

    Bookmark and Share
    Send me emails
    about new books in:
    Comparative Literature
    More Choices