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They had no idea that such stories as “Rapunzel,” “Hansel and Gretel,” and “Cinderella” would become the most celebrated in the world when Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm published their Children’s and Household Tales in 1812, followed by a second volume in 1815. Yet few people today are familiar with the majority of the stories from the two early volumes, as the Grimms will print six additional editions over the next four decades, each extensively updated in content and design.

Wonderful worlds unfold from The Frog King” to The Golden Key,” heroes and heroines are praised, weaker animals triumph over the mighty, and after all, simple bumpkins prove themselves not so simple.