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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 | 2016 | $26.95 | £21.95 | ISBN: 9780691173672
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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

"Grimm Legacies is a must read for anyone with a sincere interest in the lives of the Brothers Grimm and fairy-tale scholarship. . . . [An] innovative landmark work . . . highly recommended."--Claudia Schwabe, Marvels & Tales

"One would be hard-pressed to name another scholar as familiar with so many different facets of his or her material. Zipes is widely considered a leader in fairy-tale studies, and the impeccable scholarship he displays in this book makes it evident why. . . . Superbly rich and innovative, Grimm Legacies is a welcome addition to the fairy-tale studies and a fantastic example of the field at its best."--Brittany Warman, Journal of American Folklore

"Even the harshest of critics cannot help being impressed by the aforementioned (over)enthusiasm and erudition of this self-proclaimed ‘fairy-tale junkie' (132), as well as his familiarity with an extraordinary number of retellings and adaptations from different countries, time periods and media."--Nada Kujundzić, International Research in Children's Literature

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