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Clever Elsie

Hans the Hedgehog

Hansel and Grethel

King Thrushbeard

Little Red-Cap

Old Hildebrand

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

The Bremen Town-Musicians

The Cunning Little Tailor

The Frog King

The Golden Bird

The Golden Goose

The King of the Golden Mountain

The Old Man Made Young Again

The Robber Bridegroom

The Six Swans

The Spirit in the Bottle

The Three Brothers

The Turnip

The Twelve Brothers

The Two Brothers

The Ungrateful Son

The Water of Life

The Wolf and the Seven Little Kids

The Young Giant

Grimm BrothersJacob and Wilhelm Grimm known as The Grimm Brothers were born at Hanau in Hasse-Kassel, Germany. Jacob Grimm the second son, was born on January 4, 1785 and Wilhelm Grimm the third son, was born on February 24, 1786. The Grimms were a large family of nine children, eight boys and one girl. Their father was a lawyer and after his death they set out to Kassel to attend law school and to follow in their fatherís footsteps.

The Grimms had been collecting fairy tales from the people of Hesse since the early 1800ís. They had a favourite local storyteller named Marie Muller.

In 1812, the Grimm Brothers published their first volume of eighty-six stories and tales. In 1814 the second volume contained seventy stories. The stories were a success and the brothers were recognized for their work in 1819 with honorary doctorates from Marburg University.

In 1825 Wilhelm married Henriette Dorothea Wild. Through the years the brothers were working as librarians in different Universities.

In 1838 they began the work on the thirty-two volumes of a German dictionary, which focuses on history. Within the next ten years the Grimms resigned from their teaching at the university of Berlin and devoted their time to the completion of the dictionary. The Grimms did not live to see the final edition of their German dictionary.

Wilhelm Grimm died on December 16, 1859 and Jacob Grimm on September 20, 1863.

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