Monday, February 24, 2014

Happy birthday, Wilhelm Grimm

Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm.
It is the birthday of storyteller Wilhelm Grimm (1786), who is remembered with his older brother Jacob for collecting German folklore, and giving the world such stories as Cinderella, The Frog Prince, Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel, Rumpelstiltskin, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White. Wilhelm was born 13 months after his brother. While in college, the two brothers developed an abiding interest in folklore. They also became cultural researchers, and authorities on linguistics. They lived together their entire lives, even though Wilhelm married, and raised four children.

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