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D. L. Ashliman

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  1. Chronology of their life.

  2. What they wrote.

  3. The Grimms' Children's and Household Tales (Grimms Fairy Tales) compiled, translated, and classified by D. L. Ashliman. (This is a separate file, and opens in a new window.)

  4. Grimms' Fairy Tales in English, an Internet bibliography. (This is a separate file, and opens in a new window.)

  5. Links to external sites relating to the Brothers Grimm

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Chronology of their life

1785. Jacob Ludwig Carl Grimm is born January 4, 1785, in Hanau, Germany, son of Philipp Wilhelm Grimm (a lawyer and court official) and his wife Dorothea Grimm, née Zimmer.

1786. Wilhelm Carl Grimm is born February 24, 1786, in Hanau, Germany, son of Philipp Wilhelm Grimm and Dorothea Grimm.

The children of Philipp Wilhelm Grimm and Dorothea Grimm
  1. Friedrich Hermann Georg Grimm (1783-1784)
  2. Jacob Ludwig Carl Grimm (1785-1863)
  3. Wilhelm Carl Grimm (1786-1859)
  4. Carl Friedrich Grimm (1787-1852)
  5. Ferdinand Philipp Grimm (1788-1844)
  6. Ludwig Emil Grimm (1790-1863)
  7. Friedrich Grimm (1791-1792)
  8. Charlotte (Lotte) Amalie Hassenpflug, neé Grimm (1793-1833)
  9. Georg Eduard Grimm (1794-1795)
1791. The Grimm family moves to Steinau.

1796. Philipp Wilhelm Grimm, father of eight Grimm brothers and one Grimm sister, dies January 10, 1796, at the age of 44. Three of his nine children have preceded him in death. His oldest surviving child, Jacob, is 11 years old.

1798. Jacob and Wilhelm move to Kassel, their mother's home city, to enter secondary school. The 13 and 14 year old boys will live with an aunt.

1802. Jacob begins his study of law at the University of Marburg.

1803. Wilhelm begins his study of law at the University of Marburg.

1806. Jacob and Wilhelm, influenced by the folk poetry collection of Clemens Brentano and Achim von Arnim, Des Knaben Wunderhorn, begin to collect folktales (Märchen).

1808. Dorothea Grimm, mother of eight Grimm brothers and one Grimm sister, dies May 27, 1808, at the age of 52. In order to support his younger brothers and sister, Jacob takes a position as a librarian at Kassel. Wilhelm will follow soon.

1812. The Grimm brothers publish volume one of Kinder- und Hausmärchen (Children' and Household Tales -- commonly known as Grimms' Fairy Tales), an unpretentious book containing 86 numbered folktales.

1814. Volume two of Kinder- und Hausmärchen appears in print, pre-dated 1815, adding 70 stories to the previous collection. This famous work will see six additional editions during the Grimms' lifetime. In its final version it will contain 200 numbered stories plus 10 "Children's Legends." It is destined to become the best known and most influential book ever created in the German language.

1816, 1818. The Grimms publish two volumes of Deutsche Sagen, a collection totalling 585 German legends.

1819. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm receive honorary doctorates from the University of Marburg. Their scholarly work on linguistics, folklore, and medieval studies continues, resulting in many publications.

1825. Wilhelm Grimm marries Henriette Dorothea (Dortchen) Wild, who -- together with other members of her family -- had provided the Jacob and Wilhelm with many of their best folktale texts.

1829-1830. The Grimms resign their positions as librarians in Kassel and accept positions at the University of Göttingen as librarians and professors.

1837-1841. Professors Grimm join five of their university colleagues in a formal protest against a constitutional violation of Ernst August, King of Hannover. The seven professors (Die Göttinger Sieben) are fired. The Grimm brothers receive many offers for new positions, and finally accept appointments at the University of Berlin.

1842-1852. The Grimms continue their scholarly work and political activities, but finally give up their formal appointments at the University of Berlin (Jacob in 1848, Wilhelm in 1852) in order to dedicate themselves to their own studies and research.

1859. Wilhelm Grimm dies December 16, 1859, at the age of 73.

1863. Jacob Grimm dies September 20, 1863, at the age of 78.

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What they wrote

In addition to the works listed below, the Grimms (especially Jacob) wrote many substantive articles, reviews, forewords, and chapters, and published numerous editions and translations. Their achievements as pioneering folklorists, linguists, and medievalists are astounding by any measure.

Major joint publications of the "Brothers Grimm"

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Major individual works of Jacob Grimm

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Major individual works of Wilhelm Grimm

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Links to external sites relating to the Grimm Brothers


English-language sites

German-language sites

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Studies of specific tales

The number preceding each title represents the tale's KHM number, i.e., the tale's number in the Grimms' final edition (1857) of their Kinder- und Hausmärchen.

1. The Frog King; or, Iron Henry (Der Froschkönig oder der eiserne Heinrich)

2. Cat and Mouse in Partnership (Katze und Maus in Gesellschaft)

21. Cinderella (Aschenputtel)

26. Little Red-Cap (Rotkäppchen)

27. The Bremen Town Musicians (Die Bremer Stadtmusikanten)

28. The Singing Bone (Der singende Knochen)

38. Mrs. Fox's Wedding (Die Hochzeit der Frau Füchsin)

39. The Elves (Die Wichtelmänner)

42. The Godfather (Der Herr Gevatter)

43. Frau Trude

44. Godfather Death (Der Gevatter Tod)

46. Fitcher's Bird (Fitchers Vogel)

48. Old Sultan (Der alte Sultan)

50. Little Briar-Rose (Dornröschen)

52. King Thrushbeard (König Drosselbart)

53. Little Snow-White (Sneewittchen)

55. Rumpelstiltskin (Rumpelstilzchen)

63. The Three Feathers (Die drei Federn)

65. All-Kinds-of-Fur (Allerleirauh)

66. The Hare's Bride (Häsichenbraut)

88. The Singing, Springing Lark (Das singende springende Löweneckerchen)

101. Bearskin (Der Bärenhäuter)

106. The Poor Miller's Boy and the Cat (Der arme Müllerbursch und das Kätzchen)

108. Hans-My-Hedgehog (Hans mein Igel)

110. The Jew in the Thorns (Der Jude im Dorn)

116. The Blue Light (Das blaue Licht)

117. The Willful Child (Das eigensinnige Kind)

179. The Goose-Girl at the Well (Die Gänsehirtin am Brunnen)

182. The Little Folks' Presents (Die Geschenke des kleinen Volkes)

187. The Hare and the Hedgehog (Der Hase und der Igel)

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Electronic texts of the Grimms' tales and legends

English-language sites

German-language sites

Journals and Encylopedias

The following journals and reference works often include articles about the Grimm brothers.

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Revised October 1, 2013.