Grimm Brothers Interview
By:Emily and Shannon

EJ: Good morning Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm I'm so glad you could stop by for an interview.
SO: We would like to start by asking you questions on your childhood.
JG: Of course, what would you like to know?
Ej: When were you each born?
JG: I was born on January 4, 1785 and my brother, Wilhelm, was born on February 24, 1786. We were born in Hanau, Germany.
SO: Did you grow up with a big family?
WG: Yes, there were six children in our household and our parents.
JG: Times were hard back then after our father and grandfather both died, leaving my mother to fend for all of us youngsters.
EJ: Where did you grow up as a child?
WG: We grew up in the country side.
JG: We lived near the magistrates' house between 1790 and1796 while our father was employed by the Prince of Hessen.
EJ: Where did you first go to school?
JG: We
first attended school in Kassel, Germany
SO: When did you write your first fairy tale?
JG: 1812
WG: Actually, 1812 was when we published our first volume of fairy tales, Tales of Children and the Home.
EJ: Did anything important to you happen before or after you published your first volume of fairy tales?
JG: In 1808, I was named Count Librarian to the King of Westphalia.
WG:In 1816, Jakob became librarian in Kassel, where I was also employed.
The Grimm Brothers
The Grimm Brothers

SO:How did you two work together?
JG: Well, I did more of the research.
WG: While I put it in literacy form and provided more of a childlike style.
EJ: Can you tell us a little bit more about when you published your books?
JG: Between 1816 and 1818, we published two volumes of German legends and also a volume of early literary history.
SO: What were some of your popular books?
Walt Disney made movies after the Grimm fairytales
Walt Disney made movies after the Grimm fairytales

WG: Well, Cinderella was very popular and so was Hansel and Grethel, Rupunzel and Snow White.
JG: There's The Frog King, The Golden Goose and Tom Thumb, which weren't as popular but still recognizable titles.
EJ: Did you write anything else besides fairytales?

WG: Yes we worked together in writing a German dictionary.
EJ: How many volumes did you end up publishing?
JG:We had made 7 volumes, with the 7th one containig 211
stories
in it.
SO: Did you get criticized for the books that you wrote?
WG: Yes people believed even after our corrections that some of the fairy tales were still not appropriate for children.
EJ: How did you come up with the ideas of these stories?
WG: Well, most of the stories came from villagers that would tell us the stories. Some original French Tales came from a Huguenot tale-teller that the Grimm's used as one of their main sources.
JG: Then, we would have to write down the story and make it more appropriate for children.
Wilhelm and Jakob Grimm died in December 16, 1859 and September 20, 1863
Wilhelm and Jakob Grimm died in December 16, 1859 and September 20, 1863

SO: What are some examples of the things you had to change about some of the stories?
WG: There were many sexual things about the stories that we believe were not appropriate for children.
EJ:Now I understand that you enjoy studying the development of the German language.
JG: Yes, as scholars, we love to study the origins too.
SO: What other jobs did you have besides being authors and librarians?
WG: Well, we were both professors at the University of Berlin.
EJ: Was it always easy working together?
WG: We were both even tempered men.
JG: Which made it easy for us to work together.

SO: Did you go to any other colleges?
WG: Yes, in 1830 we moved to the University of Göttingen, where Jakob was named professor and head librarian and I was appointed assistant librarian.
JG: As a professor, I held lectures on linguistics and cultural history. Wilhelm also attained the rank of professor in 1835. We were dismissed in 1835 for political reasons.
WG: We had joined in signing a protest against the King's decision to abolish the Hanover constitution. Jakob was recgonized for enunciating Grimm's law. Many people supported us in our protest against the liberal constitution. The seven of us that protested got to be known as Die Gottinger Sieben.
SO: Where did you go after you were dismissed from the University?
Berlin,Germany ( The Grimm brothers spent their last living years living in Berlin.)
Berlin,Germany ( The Grimm brothers spent their last living years living in Berlin.)

JG: We went to live with one of our other brothers, Ludwig.
EJ: Did you stay with your brother for long?
WG:No the next year we were both invited over to Berlin by the king of prussia.
EJ: Did any of you have a family of you own?
WG: Yes, I married Henriette Dorothea. We had four kids, but only three survived infancy.
JG: I did not have a family of my own I have remained a bachelor all my life.
SO: WIlhelm, did your wife ever help you with your stories?
WG: Yes, she was actually the person who shared the story of Little Red Riding Hood with me and my brother.
EJ: Where did you go after that?
JG: We moved back to Kassel but later obtained professorships at Berlin, Germany. We were there the rest of our lives.
SO: Thank you for your time.

EJ: Good-Bye.








Rough Draft
Grimm Brothers Interview
By: Emily and Shannon

EJ: Good morning Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm I'm so glad you could stop by for an interview.
SO: We would like to start by asking you questions on your childhood.
JG: Of course, what would you like to know?
Ej: When were you each born?
JG: I was born on January 4, 1785 and my brother, Wilhelm, was born on February 24, 1786. We were born in Hanau, Germany.
SO: Did you grow up with a big family?
WG: Yes, there were six children in our household and our parents.
JG: Times were hard back then after our father and grandfather both died, leaving my mother to fend for all of us youngsters.
EJ: Where did you grow up as a child?
WG: We grew up in the country side.
JG: We lived near the magistrates' house between 1790 and1796 while our father was employed by the Prince of Hessen.
SO: When did you write your first fairy tale?
JG: 1812
WG: Actually, 1812 was when we published our first volume of fairy tales, Tales of Children and the Home.
EJ: Did anything important to you happen before or after you published your first volume of fairy tales?
JG: In 1808, I was named Count Librarian to the King of Westphalia.
WG:In 1816, Jakob became librarian in Kassel, where I was also employed.
SO:How did you two work together?
JG: Well, I did more of the research.
WG: While I put it in literacy form and provided more of a childlike style.
EJ: Can you tell us a little bit more about when you published your books?
JG: Between 1816 and 1818, we published two volumes of German legends and also a volume of early literary history.
SO: What were some of your popular books?
WG: Well, Cinderella was very popular and so was Hansel and Grethel, Rupunzel and Snow White.

JG: There's The Frog King, The Golden Goose and Tom Thumb, which weren't as popular but still recognizable titles.

EJ: How did you come up with the ideas of these stories?
WG: Well, most of the stories came from villagers that would tell us the stories.
JG: Then, we would have to write down the story and make it more appropriate for children.
SO: What are some examples of the things you had to change about some of the stories?
WG: There were many sexual things about the stories that we believe were not appropriate for children.
EJ:Now I understand that you enjoy studying the development of the German language.
JG: Yes, as scholars, we love to study the origins too.
SO: What other jobs did you have besides being authors and librarians?
WG: Well, we were both professors at the University of Berlin.
EJ: Was it always easy working together?
WG: We were both even tempered men.
JG: Which made it easy for us to work together.
SO: Did you go to any other colleges?
WG: Yes, in 1830 we moved to the University of Göttingen, where Jakob was named professor and head librarian and I was appointed assistant librarian.
JG: As a professor, I held lectures on linguistics and cultural history. Wilhelm also attained the rank of professor in 1835. We were dismissed in 1835 for political reasons.
WG: We had joined in signing a protest against the King's decision to abolish the Hanover constitution.
EJ: Where did you go after that?
JG: We moved back to Kassel but later obtained professorships at Berlin, Germany. We were there the rest of our lives.
SO: Thank you for your time.

EJ: Good-Bye.





Notes by Emily
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grimm_Brothers

  1. The Brothers Grimm began collecting folk tales[9[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grimm_Brothers#cite_note-8|]]] around 1807
  2. Jakob Ludwig Grimm and Wilhelm Karl Grimm were born on January 4, 1785, and February 24, 1786
  3. wrote stories such as Rumpelstiltskin, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, Cinderella, and Hansel and Gretel.
4. When the eldest brother Jakob was eleven years old their father, Philip Wilhelm, died and the family moved into a cramped urban residence.[2[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grimm_Brothers#cite_note-Michaelis-Jena-9-1|]]] Two years later, the children's grandfather also died, leaving them and their mother to struggle in reduced circumstances.
5. this is the reason behind the Brothers tendency to idealize and excuse fathers, leaving a predominance of female villains in the tales—the infamous wicked stepmothers, for example, the evil stepmother and stepsisters in “Cinderella”[3[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grimm_Brothers#cite_note-2|]]] However this opinion ignores the fact that the brothers were collectors of folk tales, not their authors:
6. Another influence is perhaps shown in the brothers' fondness for stories such as The Twelve Brothers, which show one girl and several brothers (their own family structure) overcoming opposition.[6[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grimm_Brothers#cite_note-5|]]]
7. In 1808, Jakob was named court librarian to the King of Westphalia
8. Jakob remained a bachelor until his death, but Wilhelm married Henriette Dorothea Wild(Also known as Dortchen), a pharmacist's daughter and a childhood friend from whom the brothers heard the story Little Red Riding Hood, in 1825. They had four children, of whom three survived infancy.
9.However, the next year, the two were invited to Berlin by the King of Prussia, and both settled there



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grimm%27s_Fairy_Tales
- On December 20, 1812 they published the first volume of the first edition, containing 86 stories
- the second volume of 70 stories followed in 1814
- Stories were added, and also subtracted, from one edition to the next, until the seventh held 211 tales.
- The first volumes were much criticized because, although they were called "Children's Tales", they were not regarded as suitable for children
- Many changes through the editions—such as turning the wicked mother of the first edition in Snow White and Hansel and Gretel to a stepmother
- They removed sexual references, such as Rapunzel's betraying the prince by asking why her clothing no longer fit, and thus revealing her pregnancy, but in many respects, violence, particularly when punishing villains, was increased.[2[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grimm%27s_Fairy_Tales#cite_note-1|]]]
- Today Grimm's fairy tales have been adapted for both movies and Television
- Several of the tales have gone on to become Disney Animated Features, including Disney's Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, the upcoming Rapunzel, and others.

http://www.portitude.org/literature/grimm/index.php
- Grimms often rewrote the stories to suit what was considered appropriate for the time, especially when the folk tales often could be quite sexually explicit.
- Modern psychologists and cultural anthropologists theorize that the stories that are often read to children at bed-time in the West are actually representations of emotional angst, fear of abandonment, parental abuse, and/or sexual development.
-This group came to be known in Germany as Die Göttinger Sieben (The Göttingen Seven).





Notes By Shannon:

1.)They were among a family of nine children, only six of whom survived infancy. 2.)Their early childhood was spent in the countryside in what has been described as an "idyllic" state. 3.)The Grimm family lived near the magistrates' house between 1790 and 1796 while the father was employed by the Prince of Hessen
. 4.)In 1808, Jakob was named court librarian to the King of Westphalia, 5.)and in 1812 the Grimm brothers published their first volume of fairy tales, Tales of Children and the Home. 6.)They had received their stories from peasants and villagers, and controversially from other sources such as already published works from other cultures and languages (eg. Charles Perrault). 7.)In their collaboration, Jakob did more of the research, while Wilhelm, more fragile, put it into literary form and provided the childlike style. 8.)They were also interested in folklore and primitive literature. 9.)In 1816 Jakob became librarian in Kassel, where Wilhelm was also employed. 10.)Between 1816 and 1818 they published two volumes of German legends and also a volume of early literary history.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grimm_Brothers
11.)They were two brothers called Jakob and Wilhelm who lived in Germany in the first half of the 19th century.
12.)They were born in Hanau. 13.)They worked together for their entire lives. 14.)They were fascinated by poetry and old legends and travelled throughout Germany to collect all the tales that were traditionally told round the hearths of village cottages.
15.)Their first book of tales, the "Kinder und Hausmärchen", was a great success in Germany and abroad. 16.)In Germany it was the most reprinted book after Luther's bible. 17.)Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm were also great scholars, researching the origin and development of the German language. 18.)They lived and worked in Kassel for many years and they were both made professors at Berlin University.

http://www.bayswaterps.vic.edu.au/lote/maerchen/grimm.htm
19.)Jakob Grimm
Born Jan. 4 1785 Hanau Germany Died: Sept. 20 1863 Berlin Germany (German scholar and author)
20.)Wilhelm Grimm Born: Feb. 24, 1786 Hanau Germany Died: Dec. 16 1859 Berlin, Germany (German scholar and author)

http://www.notablebiographies.com/Gi-He/Grimm-Brothers.html
Jakob Karl Grimm was born on January 4, 1785, in Hanau, Germany. His brother, Wilhelm Karl Grimm, was born on February 24 of the following year. 21.)They were the oldest surviving sons of Philipp Grimm, a lawyer who served as Hanau's town clerk. 22.)As small children they spent most of their time together; aside from a brief period of living apart, they were to remain together for the rest of their lives. 23.)Their even-tempered personalities made it easy for them to work together on projects. 24.)The main difference in their personalities seems to have been that Jakob, the healthier of the two, had more taste for research work, and it was he who worked out most of their theories of language and grammar. 25.)Wilhelm was physically weaker but was a somewhat warmer person and more interested in music and literature. He was responsible for the pleasant style of their collection of fairy tales.
The brothers first attended school in Kassel, Germany, and then they began legal studies at the University of Marburg. While there, however, the inspiration of a professor named Friedrich von Savigny awakened in them an interest in past cultures. In 1808 Jakob was named court librarian to the King of Westphalia in Wilhelmshöhe, Germany. In 1816 he became librarian in Kassel, where Wilhelm had been employed since 1814. They were to remain there until 1830, when they obtained positions at the University of Göttingen.
The romantic movement in Germany (a movement in the arts that favored a return to nature and a greater focus on national culture, especially folk tales) awakened the Germans' interest in the past of their own country. Although some work in the rediscovery and editing of medieval (from the Middle Ages, 500–1500) German literature had already been started in the eighteenth century, it was the poets and theorists of the next century who first focused national attention on the origins of German culture and literature. While most of the poets viewed medieval literature mainly as an inspiration for new writing, others turned their attention to the investigation of the past. The Grimmbrothers were the most important of these early language and folklore romantic historians.
For some years the brothers had been in contact with the romantic poets Clemens Brentano (1778–1842) and Achim von Arnim (1781–1831), who were preparing a collection of German folk songs. Following their own interests in folklore and legends, the brothers brought out their first collection of tales, Kinder-und Hausmärchen (Tales of Children and the Home), in 1812. These tales were collected by recording stories told by peasants and villagers. Wilhelm put them into written form and gave them a pleasant, childlike style. The brothers added many scholarly footnotes on the tales' sources and different versions.
In addition, the Grimms worked on editing existing pieces of other folklore and early literature. Between 1816 and 1818 they published two volumes of Deutsche Sagen (German Legends). At about the same time they published a volume of studies in the history of early literature, Altdeutsche Wälder (Old German Forests).
In 1830 the brothers moved to the University of Göttingen, where Jakob was named professor and head librarian and Wilhelm was appointed assistant librarian. As professor, Jakob held lectures on linguistics and cultural history. Wilhelm also attained the rank of professor in 1835. Both were dismissed in 1835 for political reasons. (They had joined in signing a protest against the King's decision to abolish the Hanover constitution.) They first moved back to Kassel but later obtained professorships at Berlin, Germany, where they were to remain until their deaths.

http://www.notablebiographies.com/Gi-He/Grimm-Brothers.html