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Jacob Grimm was a 19th century German scholar who, along with brother Wilhelm, published Grimms' Fairy Tales, a collection famous for its children's stories.
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They subsequently took on a massive project—a comprehensive dictionary of the German language. Both brothers died before the dictionary could be completed, and it was finished years later.
Jacob Grimm died on September 20, 1863, in Berlin, Germany. Throughout his career, he authored 29 books, eight of them with his brother.
Grimms' Fairy Tales, which includes works like Briar Rose (aka Sleeping Beauty), Snow White and Rose Red, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Rumpelstiltskin, have been retold in a wide variety of media formats over the past several decades—as such, the storylines have often been tweaked to fit varying ideas of what's appropriate for children. Much dialogue has been had about the violence contained in the stories' original forms, with controversy also arising over the anti-Semitic and anti-feminist themes found in some of the tales.
Nonetheless, the Grimm legacy continues to be celebrated. To mark the bicentennial of Grimms' Fairy Tales, 2012 saw a number of special tie-in publications and special events, including a BBC Radio reading by various authors and a published retelling of the tales by novelist Philip Pullman.
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