The Brothers Grimm

The Brothers Grimm (Gebrüder Grimm), Jacob (1785-1863) and Wilhelm (1786-1859), were born in Hanau, near Frankfurt, in the German state of Hesse.

Throughout their lives they remained close friends. They were educated at the Friedrichsgymnasium in Kassel and later both   … Read more

Andrew Lang

Andrew Lang (March 31, 1844 – July 20, 1912) was a prolific Scots poet, novelist, and literary critic but is best known as a collector of folk and fairy tales.

He was educated at the Edinburgh Academy, St Andrews University   … Read more

The Shoes of Fortune

I. A BEGINNING

Every author has some peculiarity in his descriptions or in his style of writing. Those who do not like him, magnify it, shrug up their shoulders, and exclaim–there he is again! I, for my part, know very   … Read more

The Pied Piper

A VERY long time ago the town of Hamelin in Germany was invaded by bands of rats, the like of which had never been seen before nor will ever be again. 

They were great black creatures that ran boldly in   … Read more

Christmas Every Day

The little girl came into her papa’s study, as she always did Saturday morning before breakfast, and asked for a story. He tried to beg off that morning, for he was very busy, but she would not let him. So   … Read more

The Pied Piper of Hamelin

a poem by Robert Browning

 
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Hamelin town’s in Brunswick,
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Giambattista Basile

Giambattista Basile (died circa 1637) was the Conte di Torrone, a soldier and government official, who is known for publishing a collection of  fairy tales, titled Lo cunto de li cunti (Neapolitan dialect for The Story of Stories), or Il   … Read more

Chapter 1: Origin Of Fairy Tales

We are going into Fairy Land for a little while, to see what we can find there to amuse and instruct us this Christmas time. Does anybody know the way? There are no maps or guidebooks, and the places we   … Read more

The Horn Of Plenty

Aeneus, King of Aetolia, had a daughter whose name was Deianira. So beautiful was the maiden that her fame spread throughout the world, and many princes came to woo her. Among these were two strangers, who drove all the other   … Read more

Grimm’s Fairy Tales

The Brothers Grimm (Gebrüder Grimm), Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm, are well known for the collection of over two hundred German folk tales they made from oral sources and published in two volumes of Kinder- und Hausmärchen (“Children’s and Household Tales”)   … Read more

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