Essential Classics: the Brothers Grimm

There are lots of editions floating around, and get any you like — just make sure you don’t get one designed for kids.  Despite their made-for-advertising name, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm were serious academics (Jacob was also a lawyer), and their collection of folktales, in its unbowdlerized state, is a testimony to the savagery, darkness and violence, not to mention just plain weirdness, of mankind’s inborn storytelling imagination.

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