Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Brothers Grimm: Two Lives, One Legacy by Donald R. Hettinga

I went to the public library absolutely DETERMINED not to look at the new books (since they check back a week earlier than older books). But all my efforts were thwarted when this caught my eye:

The Brothers Grimm

Well of course I had to check it out. It was all shiny and stuff.

The Brothers Grimm: Two Lives, One Legacy is a fairly light look at the combined biography of my two favorite brothers. It skims over the details of their lives, from birth to death, and sets out for the reader the path that led them to collect their nation's folktales, as well as the other writing they did over the course of their lives. Liberally illustrated with portraits from the time, pictures from the places, and drawings done by their brother, Ludwig Grimm (both of the fairy tales and the scenery and people in their lives), it's an excellent book to check out if you want to know a little more about the master story collectors without devoting a great deal of time to it.

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