The Brothers Grimm | Jacob (1785–1863) and Wilhelm (1786–1859)

the brothers grimm

The Brothers Grimm, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, were German academics, linguists, cultural researchers, and authors who together collected folklore.

They are among the most well-known storytellers of European folk tales, and their work popularized such stories as "Cinderella, "The Frog Prince", "Hansel and Gretel", "Rapunzel", "Rumpelstiltskin", and "Snow White". Their first collection of folk tales, Children's and Household Tales, was published in 1812.

The popularity of the Grimms' collected folk tales endured well beyond their lifetimes. The tales are available in more than 100 translations and have been adapted to popular Disney films such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella.

In the mid-20th century the tales were used as propaganda by the Third Reich; later in the 20th century psychologists such as Bruno Bettelheim reaffirmed the value of the work, in spite of the cruelty and violence in the original versions of some of the tales that were sanitized. Regardless, the Grimms' stories have continued to be resilient and popular around the world.