GRIMM TALES FOR ADULTS

In the recent New Yorker article on the lure of the fairy tale,Joan Acocella discusses the virtues of Maria Tatar’s Annotated Brothers Grimm:

"Her edition is the one I would recommend. The book is dazzlingly illustrated…another virtue of Tatar’s edition is that she has isolated, at the end, a group of ‘Tales for Adults’—stories that she feels should be examined by parents before they are read to children. Included in this section is ‘The Stubborn Child,’ together with such items as ‘The Hand with the Knife’ and ‘The Jew in the Brambles.’ Still, 'The Juniper Tree,' which Tatar herself describes as 'probably the most shocking of all fairy tales,' is not placed among the ‘Tales for Adults,’ presumably because it is too characteristic, to echt Grimm, to be cordoned off in a special section. (Parents should simply not read it to children. If they give the child the book, they should get an X-Acto knife and slice the story out first.)

Always excited to celebrate a major anniversary, Norton will be publishing a new, expanded bicentennial edition of the Annotated Brothers Grimm in October.