The Brothers Grimm: Jacob (January 4, 1785 - September 20, 1863) and Wilhelm Grimm (February 24, 1786 - December 16, 1859), were German academics who were best known for publishing collections of folk tales and fairy tales, which became very popular.Grimm Brothers also did academic work in linguistics, related to how the sounds in words shift over time - Grimm's law. They are among the best-known story tellers of folk tales from Europe, and their work popularized such tales as "Rumpelstiltskin", "Snow White", "Rapunzel", "Cinderella", "Hansel and Gretel", "The Frog Prince", and many others. » read more
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
(a.k.a. The Brothers Grimm)
These German scholars, who were indeed brothers, are perhaps the most famous fairy tale collectors out there (although collecting fairy tales was just one small part of the academic work they did in their lifetimes). In the 1800s they collected various folk and fairy tales from around Germany, and the first version of their Kinder- und Hausmärchen collection was published in 1812. Subsequent versions of the collection added many more tales, as well as modifying many to embellish them or sanitise the more violent elements.
Many popular tales reached a wider audience through this collection, including: