The tales we tell each other and our children not only reflect our own lived experiences and our psychic realities, they also shape our lives.
— Maria Tatar
As the year ends, we might appreciate a bicentennial that, unlike some wars, has been neglected in public circles. This modest event in 1812 was the publication of a book, titled "Children's and Household Tales." We know it as "Grimms' Fairy Tales."
Assembled by two brothers, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, the book was a collection of short stories and tantalizing vignettes told and retold by generations of Germans. Though the brothers' original task was modest and scholarly — to study and preserve...