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Fairy Tales, Myths & Legends

Featured Authors: The Grimm Brothers

The Brothers Grimm
Painting by Elisabeth Jerichau-Baumann (1865)
The names of German scholars Jacob (1785-1863) and Wilhelm (1786-1859) Grimm are practically synonymous with the Germanic fairy tale tradition. Their Children and Household Tales—published in several editions between 1812 and 1857—established standard versions of treasured stories like "Cinderella," "Hansel and Gretel," and "Sleeping Beauty." These early versions were often terrifying and violent. To see what Disney left out, check out some of the books below.

Classic fairy tale collections

Fairy Tales from around the world