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Clever Maids: The Secret History of the Grimm Fairy Tales
Valerie Paradiz (au)
Behind the Brothers Grimm & their famous fairy tales stood a network of sisters -- & mothers, neighbors, & female friends. Here, Paradiz tells the real story of one of the greatest literary collaborations of the 19th century, & gives the long-lost women narrators of our most beloved tales their due. Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm were major German intellects of the 19th cent. But, the romantic image of the two brothers traveling the countryside, transcribing tales told to them by ordinary peasants, is far from the truth. In fact, more than half the fairy tales they collected were actually contributed by their educated female friends from the bourgeois & aristocratic classes. This book chronicles one of the most fascinating literary enterprises in European history. Ill.
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