Grimms now grimmer

There are no Disney endings for the fairy tales in a newly-released translation of Grimm's Fairy Tales by Jack Zipes, a professor emeritus of German and comparative literature at the University of Minnesota. The original stories, written in the early 19th century, have never been directly translated into English.

The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm: The Complete First Edition, translated by Zipes, is available from Princeton University Press for US $35. "The original edition was not published for children or general readers. Nor were these tales told primarily for children," Zipes told The Guardian. "It was only after the Grimms published two editions primarily for adults that they changed their attitude and decided to produce a shorter edition for middle-class families. This led to Wilhelm's editing and censoring many of the tales."