Grimm's Fairy Tales - Illustrated Author:Brothers Grimm For more than a century the stories so lovingly collected by the Brothers Grimm have been the delight of children, and of others who, whatever their age, will always be children at heart. — Jacob Grimm was born in 1785, his brother Wilhelm a year later. Their father died while they were still lads, and they learned only too well that "the wolf at... more » the door" may be more than a fable. All through their lives they were the best of friends, living together, and sharing the same studies and hobbies. On leaving school, they became greatly interested in German and Danish folk-lore, and spent much of their time wandering about the country, gleaning from peasants and the simpler townspeople a rich harvest of legends, which they would write down as nearly as possible in the words in which they were told. The first collection was published in 1812; other stories were gradually added, until there were more than two hundred. Some, it may be noted, are found in various forms in many languages, and have doubtless come to us from a period long before there were any books at all.
This selection comprises most of the more popular stories, especially those suitable for younger children.« less