Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions)

Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions)

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Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales collects more than 200 tales set down by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm in the early decades of the nineteenth century, among them some of the best-loved and most famous fairy tales in all literature: "Little Red Riding Hood," "Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs," "Cinderella," "Sleeping Beauty," "Rapunzel," "Rumpelstiltskin," and "Tom Thumb." Derived from folk tales that had been part of the oral storytelling tradition for centuries, these stories are acknowledged as literary landmarks that transcend their time and culture. This edition also features ten rarely seen "Children's Legends" and the full-color artwork of Arthur Rackham. Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales is one of Barnes & Noble's Collectible Editions classics. Each volume features authoritative texts by the world's greatest authors in an exquisitely designed bonded-leather binding, with distinctive gilt edging and a ribbon bookmark. Decorative, durable, and collectible, these books offer hours of pleasure to readers young and old and are an indispensable cornerstone for every home library.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781435158115
Publisher: Barnes & Noble
Publication date: 07/10/2015
Series: Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions Series
Edition description: Bonded Leather
Pages: 744
Sales rank: 1,145
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.80(d)

About the Author

When Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, aka the Brothers Grimm, set out to collect stories in the early 1800s, their goal was not to entertain children but to preserve Germanic folklore. Once the brothers saw how the stories entranced young readers, however, they began softening some of the harsher aspects to make them more suitable for children. A cornerstone of Western culture since the early 1800s, Grimm’s Fairy Tales is now one of the world’s most beloved books.

Place of Birth:

Hanau, Germany

Place of Death:

Berlin, Germany

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Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 212 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
These stories are fairly different than the softened down ones that we are usually used to. Just FYI the Grimm Brothers did not actually write the stories, they had set out to study speech and different accents. To do this they would ask people to tell them a story and these are many of the stories which they heard. They just compiled them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I first bought this book, I thought that it was a mistake, mainly because I thought the stories were rather dull with a "happily ever after" ending. I was proven wrong after the first story I read. The Grimm's Fairy Tales are MUCH more gruesome and chilling, that they gave me a sense of reality. This collection is far from a terrible read. Once you begin the first story, you won't ever be able to put it down!
eeh More than 1 year ago
Classic fairytales as they were gathered by the Brothers Grimm are brought together here in this wonderful collection that should be a staple on every shelf. My favorite story is The Juniper Tree...its a dark story that has remained with me since I first read it 13 years ago. It should definitely be checked out
Eya More than 1 year ago
These stories are the originals. I share them with my eight year old daughter and we compare them to the stories rewritten for this day and age. It is nice that I can teach her about life in ancient times and why some stories were written the way they were. God and devotions to God remain in tact, but not in a way that preaches. It allows to expand on the way people thought so long ago, because many of us know public schools omitt God, and pious natures of books. Also the stories are more like a teaching fable rather as compared to today's fairy tales. As my children learn how to read well in school, I use these classics to expand their minds, getting them ready to use classics, such as the short stories in this book, as a way to compare ideals of the past with ideals of the present for their future college endeavors. The cover is greatly detailed, drawing attention of children and adults of many ages. This is a book that can be a family heirloom as it shared with children, and grandchildren. Not only that it makes a great display piece to sit on top of book shelf, in a childs room, or placed near a fireplace. The price alone is worth the money for a soft covered book with these classics, and yet this a nice hardcover made to last for generations of readers. This is a bargain of the decade.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down! Its so loveable & exciting. It made me feel like a kid again - which is good. I would recomend this to anyone! Even though the stories are kind of dark, it just adds to its excellence.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i came accross this book at the B&N store that just opened near me and i couldnt wait to read it. i had yet to find a complete set of the tales of the brothers grimm. the original tales are so much more interesting than the disny versions ive grown up with. its a great book for teenagers and adults who grew up with the softened versions of these tales
ericalovesbooks More than 1 year ago
The book opens with a brief history of the Brothers Grimm which helps the reader appreciate the origin of these stories and the struggles the brothers went through. It has been so fun to read through the stories in their 'original' form. I can't wait for my daughter to get a little older so I can read them to her.
beana More than 1 year ago
loved it loved it loved it! great book! all the gruesome real fairy tale splendor. definitely not to be read to young children. but great for adults who love fairy tales, especially those who have a dark sense of humor.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is not only complete but very aesthetically pleasing. It is rare to find a book that has a cover and binding that shows so much craftsmanship. The ribbon bookmark is a great throwback to the old binded books. Definitely a great buy. Totally a collector's item as well as a great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This complete collection is beautifully bound. The book is illustrated, just not on every single page. They are scattered every few pages. If you love classic fairy tales this is definitely worth having.
purrfectmatch More than 1 year ago
These tales are not Disneyfied. These tales are intended for adult audiences. Not all are fairy tales. Some are Christian tales , while other tales are also included. Some are sad, some are strange, and punishments of the bad guys can be rather severe. At least on tale. is a bit disturbing. But an interesting read none the less. Red Ridinghood, Hansel and Gretal, Sleepybeauty, and of course Snow White are among the tales collected by The Grimm Brothers.
kyuba More than 1 year ago
I love having these stories in a collection, but the book itself is pretty bare bones inside. It also has no information on what translation is used. There are no illustration inside the book, and the cover is nice except the picture which is just bound to the front cover not engraved like the title. A good collection to have but lacks.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i grew up with the edited versions and i found out how gory and true these stories are but a wonderful book do get.
liquidgee More than 1 year ago
A mixture of Poe and Aesop's fable may best describe the fantasies featured in the pages of this tome as they entail morality tales many of which do not shy away from bloodshed and gore that have become accepted as the norm courtesy of the Disney studios catering to political correctness and providing baby food for the masses. If this were not enjoyable enough, all these tales are collected in a single volume. At times, however, it is this very inclusiveness that works against itself as some of the stories are very much the same thus becoming repetitive while, in other instances, abrupt turns in the story line with a suddenness that proves disconcerting and confusing. This last is overshadowed by the aforementioned virtues making both the hardcover edition with a dust jacket containing liner notes (ISBN-13: 978-0-088029-519-2) and the leather bound volume (ISBN-13: 978-0-7607-0335-9) lacking the dust jacket and liner notes but, instead, having gilded pages and attached gold ribbon book mark both excellent additions to anyone's library. (
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Grimm Brothers were imaginative men, with their stories of far away places and things you always wanted to happento you as a child. From the beautiful princess to the gallent princes, to the evil villans and all of the things that go with them. The Grimm stories stay ture to their name they are witty but also can give you chills if you think about it. These stories are for the imaginative folk who love reading about far away places and great adventures. I would recommend this great book for teens and adults.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just a bit of warning,. Like Hans Christian Andersen Brothers Grimm's are NOT Disneyfied and may not be PC nor all stories fine for little ones but still recommend for the collection of stories.
YronimosW More than 1 year ago
I read this one cover-to-cover on the commute to and from work. The book looks beautiful, and held up very well to being carried in a backpack and read on a crowded train, it still looks brand new, and my impression is that it is built to last a good, long time. I've read most of the tales before, but when i was much, much younger. As other reviewers have said, and as you'd probably expect, the stories are not the sanitized Disney versions, but considerably darker - probably not suitable for sensitive children at all. The Brothers Grimm did, however, sanitize the original tales a bit, taking out much of the violence and sexual content, but I don't think most modern readers would realize it without reading between the lines a bit - it's still there, but implied subtly, or hidden altogether. Interestingly, the girls and women in the stories are typically much, much stronger and more independent than the heroines of more modern versions of the tales. Something I didn't remember about the stories was the rather striking number of older, pagan fairy tales which had been given a quick, religious make-over: the angels, devils, and saints in those occasional tales clearly would have been faeries, elves, and dwarves in the earliest incarnations of the stories, the Virgin Mary has been substituted for pagan goddesses, faerie queens, and witches in some of the stories, and various saints, Jesus, and God have replaced trickster gods in others. The effect is vaguely jarring and somewhat surreal, but again, reading between the lines a bit, one can fairly easily imagine what the original tales might have been like before being retold with nominally Christian characters. To address some of the things mentioned by other reviewers: The book seems quite sturdy to me, I had no problems with torn pages or flaking covers. The illustrations, typography, cover, and overall presentation are very nice, and this looks and feels exactly the way an old book of faerie tales should, and I noticed no typos or other errors (though there may have been some archaic spellings and sentence structures that would have been artifacts of translation and the time the book was originally written.) The introduction describing the Grimms and what they were trying to accomplish is the best place to start reading this - it's essentially an archive of tales handed down through generations orally which were in danger of vanishing. The book didn't seem like a long or tedious read to me; some of the repeated stories were clearly regional variants of the tales as collected by the Brothers Grimm. The stories and illustrations were a product of their time, and indeed the small handful of tales referencing Jews were unfortunate, but a window into the beliefs of the German people at the time, and much easier to handle in the context of better understanding a foreign people from a different time. I would certainly recommend this book to the library of anyone interested in classic literature, European history and culture, fantasy, horror stories, and faerie tales; it's probably not suitable for younger children, but it's a great read for older children and adults.
Ms_Panda More than 1 year ago
Great quality, great design, great book. A beautiful compilation of old great stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Grimm Brothers, while being no strangers to modern people, have often been crushed and forgotten as those people whose tales were converted to the much beloved animated movies by Walt Disney throughout the twentieth century. And despite the few who know the importance of the existence of their works, are largely labeled as thieves, due to their plagiarism of folklore around Germany. This rather dogmatic viewpoint is brought on by those who refute childhood, and those whose smugness resorts from following the trends of such pedantic prudes. On the other hand, of course is this wonderful leather-bound edition as published by Barnes & Noble. Their is no doubt in my mind that this edition is beautiful, it does however have a multitude of flaws which severely limits the lifespan of this edition. The full color pages, while delightfully pretty, are insufferably weak, as I have been able to-quite accidentally-cut a page using only the marker-ribbon. Ultimately, I adore this product, and only wish for the color pages to be more durable than what they currently are.
bookloverOW More than 1 year ago
I loved this book growing up and now that I have my own kid I read this book to her. My child is only a couple months old but she loves being read to. I can't wait until she's older and understands what I am reading her.
LDLD More than 1 year ago
Love it. It's long time told stories that usually we don't hear these versions since everyone glams them up.
ramen_96 More than 1 year ago
Trying to explain the marvel and beauty that this book is would be complete injustice to the Grimm brothers. The cover of the book is simply magnificent. It is artfully detailed and the color scheme is fabulous. I thoroughly enjoyed the feel of the paper and the gold edged pages were an addition I absolutely loved. The gold ribbon bookmark attached just added an elegance to the book. Aesthetics aside, the stories are to die for. They are all skillfully written in a way that seems to entrance the reader for hours on end. The attention of the reader is caught from the very moment they pick up the book and begin to read. The font style and size are easy on the eyes putting less strain on them. I JUST LOVE THIS BOOK!!! ALL THE BEST STORIES ARE COMPACTED INTO ONE MAJESTIC BOOK!!! AAHHHUIBUNDEIBSBIBIESDBVIBSEE I JUST LOVE IT!!! I WISH I COULD GIVE THIS A HIGHER RATING!
rjmca2 More than 1 year ago
Great stories, good for reading to children.
BarbsZ More than 1 year ago
I bought this book as part of the Leatherbound Classics and it's gorgeous. I love the ribbon marker! The book looks great on the book shelf and would make a beautiful gift. The stories are fabulous and took me back to my childhood!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i love all of grimms fairytales and this book rocks :)