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Jakob Grimm (1785-1863)





Academic Life

Jacob Grimm has been considered the founder of German History and will always be remembered as the best representative of his historical method applied to literary studies.

Jacob Grimm was a very prolific writer, not only of fairytales, but also of linguistic treaties and theoretical books. Über den Altedetschen Meistergesang (1811) was a compilation of German legends and poems. Childrens' and Household Tales (with Wilhelm Grimm) was written between 1812 and 1815 and later published in two volumes (1822, 1857), where we can read his Snow White and Hansel and Gretel.

Jacob Grimm also wrote a grammar book called Deutsche Grammatik (1819-1837) and a book about German Mythology in 1835. In 1848 he published a History of German Language and a German Dictionary (1852-1858). Posthumously, two compilations of fairytales were published under the title of Grimms' Tales for Young and Old, 1977 (translated by Ralph Manheim) and Grimms' Fairy Tales. The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm, 1987.

Main Publications

  • Grimm, Jakob (1811). Über den altdeutschen Meistergesang, Göttingen.
  • Grimm, Jakob (1819). Deutsche Grammatik (Göttingen, 2nd ed., Göttingen, 1822–1840) (reprinted 1870 by Wilhelm Scherer, Berlin).
  • Grimm, Jakob (1826). Zur Recension der deutschen Grammatik, Kassel.
  • Grimm, Jakob (1848). Geschichte der deutschen Sprache, Leipzig, , 3rd ed., 1868, 2 vols.


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