Books: Bright Dreams & Blood

GRIMM'S FAIRY TALES — Pantheon ($7.50).

Unlike the fairy stories of Hans Christian Andersen, Laboulaye, Lang and Perrault, Grimm's Fairy Tales (as they became known in translation) were not primarily literary creations. The by-product of philological research, their collection began with the chance discovery by Jacob Grimm of a selection from the Minnesingers in the library of his law professor. Scholarly Jacob and his gentler, gayer brother Wilhelm, who had shared the same bed as children, the same room as students, from that moment dedicated their lives to tracking down, deciphering and recording...

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