German Literature: The Brothers Grimm and European Fairy Stories

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December 2012 was the 200th anniversary of the first publication of the Grimm Brothers’ Kinder- und Hausmärchen, a collection of German and European folktales and fairy-stories which were to be translated and become famous around the world, as stories for children, as plays, pantomimes and films. Grimms’ fairy-stories are the most-read works of German literature around the world, and are familiar to audiences everywhere.

The information in the Introduction below will provide you with some background on the Grimms’ tales. Once you have read this, work through the activities.