The Hard Facts of the Grimms' Fairy Tales By Maria Tatar is Kindle Maria Tatar is the John L Loeb Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures She chairs the Program in Folklore and Mythology at Harvard University She is the author of Enchanted Hunters The Power of Stories in Childhood, Off with Their Heads Fairy Tales and the Culture of Childhood and many other books on folklore and fairy stories She is also the editor and translator of The Annotated Hans Christian Andersen, The Annotated Brothers Grimm, The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales, The Annotated Peter Pan, The Classic Fairy Tales A Norton Critical Edition and The Grimm Reader She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.. Murder, mutilation, cannibalism, infanticide, and incest the darker side of classic fairy tales figures as the subject matter for this intriguing study of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm s Nursery and Household Tales This updated and expanded second edition includes a new preface and an appendix containing new translations of six tales, along with commentary by Maria Tatar ThroMurder, mutilation, cannibalism, infanticide, and incest the darker side of classic fairy tales figures as the subject matter for this intriguing study of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm s Nursery and Household Tales This updated and expanded second edition includes a new preface and an appendix containing new translations of six tales, along with commentary by Maria Tatar Throughout the book, Tatar skillfully employs the tools not only of a psychoanalyst but also of a folklorist, literary critic, and historian to examine the harsher aspects of these stories She presents new interpretations of the powerful stories in this worldwide best selling book Few studies have been written in English on these tales, and none has probed their allegedly happy endings so thoroughly.. A viral Kindle The Hard Facts of the Grimms' Fairy Tales The Hard Facts of the Grimms' Fairy Tales is a pretty good discussion of, not the origins of the tales in the Grimms' collection, but in how the Grimms treated them and why. It looks at some of the publication history and the issues surrounding different editions, the changes in audience, and it deals with some pretty common interpretations of some of the tales (e.g. why Bluebeard is considered a cautionary tale about the evils of curiosity instead of, you know, the evils of killing your wives and butchering their dead bodies and then marrying again) and how they came about.I guess it's probably a bit dry if you're not particularly interested in the topic, but I found it perfectly readable. It does help that I recently reread selections from the Grimms' work, and looked at some of them in my SF/F class -- I notice myself falling into some of the traps of thinking about these stories which Tatar discusses and evades -- so that the whole topic is fresh in my mind and relevant to what I'm thinking about lately.If you're looking for salacious details of the "real" Bluebeard, or the real Hansel and Gretel, seek elsewhere. Tatar doesn't really go in for that kind of interpretation of fairytale/folklore origins.