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Among the few indispensable, common-property books upon which Western culture can be founded . . . it should be, first and foremost, an educational must for adults.—W. H. Auden, The New York TimesThe one book—other than the Bible—that has trulyMoreAmong the few indispensable, common-property books upon which Western culture can be founded . . . it should be, first and foremost, an educational must for adults.—W. H. Auden, The New York TimesThe one book—other than the Bible—that has truly made Western man.—The New RepublicIt doesnt feel like a warning to naughty infants. It feels like a glimpse of the dreadful side of the nature of things.—A. S. Byatt on The Juniper TreeIn truth, most of the Grimms tales cannot be made wholly respectable. . . . Even people who have never known hunger, let alone a murderous stepmother, still have a sense—from dreams, from news broadcasts—of utter blackness, the erasure of safety and comfort and trust. Fairy tales tell us that such knowledge, or fear, is not fantastic but realistic. Though Wilhelm tried to Christianize the tales, they still invoke nature, more than God, as lifes driving force, and nature is not kind.—Joan Acocella, The New YorkerThis new edition and translation of the darkest tales of the Brothers Grimm selected and translated by Peter Wortsman with full-color illustrations by Haitian artists Edouard Duval-Carrié, Pascale Monnin, and Frankétienne restores the visceral edge and violence of these enigmatic narratives, and will include a few of Grimms oft-neglected, grislier tales, including The Juniper Tree.Jakob Karl Grimm was born in 1785 in Hanau, Germany. His brother, Wilhelm Karl Grimm, followed in 1786. As court librarians, linguists, scholars, translators, and writers, they collected stories told by peasants and villagers and published them in written form, shaping the foundation of the most popular childrens stories today. For most of their lives, they worked in the same room, at facing desks.Peter Wortsman, recipient of the Beards Fund Short Story Award, was selected as a 2010 Fellow of the American Academy in Berlin.