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Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales, The

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This is the complete English-language edition, first published by Routledge in 1948 and re-issued in its current form.

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The stories gathered within have captivated listeners and readers alike for generations. Some are gruesome tales of gore and violence. Others tell of heroic deeds, wily foxes and beautiful maidens.

These were the stories kept alive by German peasants, told around the fireplace on dark nights to entranced listeners. The Grimm brothers were amongst the first to realise their importance and this book bears the fruits of their labour, all 210 tales, just as they were collected over a century ago.

"Everyone should possess and know Grimm's Fairy Tales - one of the great books of the world - and no English-speaking person could do better than this edition."      ~Richard Adams, NY Times Book Review


There was once a fisherman who lived with his wife in a pigsty, close by the seaside. The fisherman used to go out all day long a-fishing; and one day, as he sat on the shore with his rod, looking at the sparkling waves and watching his line, all on a sudden his float was dragged away deep into the water: and in drawing it up he pulled out a great fish. But the fish said, "Pray let me live! I am not a real fish; I am an enchanted prince: put me in the water again, and let me go!" "Oh, ho!" said the man, "you need not make so many words about the matter; I will have nothing to do with a fish that can talk: so swim away, sir, as soon as you please!" Then he put him back into the water, and the fish darted straight down to the bottom, and left a long streak of blood behind him on the wave.

When the fisherman went home to his wife in the pigsty, he told her how he had caught a great fish, and how it had told him it was an enchanted prince, and how, on hearing it speak, he had let it go again. "Did not you ask it for anything?" said the wife, "we live very wretchedly here, in this nasty dirty pigsty; do go back and tell the fish we want a snug little cottage."

Author Grimm, Jacob Ludwig Karl
Coauthor Grimm, Wilhelm Karl
Illustrator Scharl, Josef
Contributor Campbell, Joseph
Translator Hunt, Margaret
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 865 pp.
Publisher Pantheon Books 1980
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