Born On This Day ~ January 4 ~ Jakob Grimm ~ Co-Wrote and Published Grimms’ Fairy Tales

Born: January 4, 1785 (Hanau, Germany)
Died: September 20, 1863 (Berlin, Germany)

Famous For/Known For:
Co-wrote and published with his brother, Wilhelm, Grimms’ Fairy Tales

A little about Jakob Grimm:

Grimm was born to

parents, Dorothea and Philipp. His father was a lawyer.

Grimm eventually decided that he wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps so he enrolled in University of Marburg taking classes in legal studies.

However, Grimm ended up working as a Royal Librarian until he decided to join his brother, Wilhelm, working at a library in Kassel.

The Grimm brothers found German folklore and tales told to have the potential to be written as fairy tale books.

In 1812, Grimm brothers published their first volume of these tales in a book titled, Children’s And Household Tales. The second volume was published three years later. These books would later be known as Grimms’ Fairy Tales.

Grimm’s Fairy Tales were eventually translated into many different languages.

In the mid 1830’s the Grimm brothers were banished from Gottingen by the King of Hanover when they protested changes to the regions constitution that the king had made.

Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm decided to take on the astronomical project of a German language dictionary. Both brothers died before this was completed.

Jacob Grimm wrote 29 books in his lifetime. Eight of those books were co-authored with his brother, Wilhelm.

Grimm died at the age of 78.

Books About/Written By Jakob Grim

The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm
Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales
The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm: The Complete First Edition

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