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Wilhelm Grimm was a 19th century German author who, along with brother Jacob, published Grimms' Fairy Tales, a collection famous for stories like Cinderella and Rapunzel.
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The book reached completion years after Wilhelm's passing.
Wilhelm Grimm died on December 16, 1859, in Berlin, Germany. Throughout his life, he authored or co-authored nearly two dozen books.
Grimms' Fairy Tales have been retold in a wide variety of media formats over the past several decades, and 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 some of the tales' anti-Semitic and anti-feminist themes.
Nonetheless, the Grimm legacy continues to be celebrated. Marking the 200th anniversary of the brothers' historical collection, 2012 saw a number of special tie-in publications and special events, including the release of a bicentennial edition of The Annotated Brothers Grimm, edited by Harvard mythology scholar Maria Tatar, and a retelling of the brothers' classic tales by Philip Pullman, Fairy Tales From the Brothers Grimm.
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