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Wilhelm Carl Grimm (also Karl;[a] 24 February 1786 – 16 December 1859) was a German author and anthropologist, and the younger brother of Jacob Grimm, of the library duo the Brothers Grimm.


1 Life and work 2 Notes 3 References 4 External links

Life and work[edit] Wilhelm was born in Hanau, in Hesse-Kassel. In 1803, he started studying law at the University of Marburg, one year after his brother Jacob started there. The two brothers spent their entire lives close together. In their school days, they had one bed and one table in common; as students, they had two beds and two tables in the same room. They always lived under one roof and had their books and property in common.[5]

Grimms' tomb in Berlin

In 1825, 39-year-old Wilhelm married pharmacist's daughter Henriette Dorothea Wild, also known as Dortchen. Wilhelm's marriage did not change the harmony of the brothers.[5] Richard Cleasby visited the brothers and observed, “they both live in the same house, and in such harmony and community that one might almost imagine the children were common property.”[5][6] Wilhelm and Henriette had four children together: Jacob (3 April 1826 – 15 December 1826), Herman Friedrich (6 January 1828 – 16 June 1901), Rudolf Georg (31 March 1830 – 13 November 1889), and Barbara Auguste Luise Pauline Marie (21 August 1832 – 9 February 1919). Wilhelm's character was a complete contrast to that of his brother. As a boy, he was strong and healthy, but while growing up he suffered a long and severe illness which left him weak the rest of his life. He had a less comprehensive and energetic mind than his brother, and he had less of the spirit of investigation, preferring to confine himself to some limited and definitely bounded field of work. He utilized everything that bore directly on his own studies and ignored the rest. These studies were almost always of a literary nature.[5] Wilhelm took great delight in music, for which his brother had but a moderate liking, and he had a remarkable gift of story-telling. Cleasby relates that “Wilhelm read a sort of farce written in the Frankfort dialect, depicting the ‘malheurs’ of a rich Frankfort tradesman on a holiday jaunt on Sunday. It was very droll, and he read it admirably.” Cleasby describes him as “an uncommonly animated, jovial fellow.” He was, accordingly, much sought in society, which he frequented much more than his brother.[5] A collection of fairy tales was first published in 1812 by the Grimm brothers, known in English as Grimms' Fairy Tales. From 1837-1841, the Grimm brothers joined five of their colleague professors at the University of Göttingen
University of Göttingen
to form a group known as the Göttinger Sieben
Göttinger Sieben
(The Göttingen Seven). They protested against Ernst August, King of Hanover, whom they accused of violating the constitution. All seven were fired by the king. Wilhelm Grimm
Wilhelm Grimm
died in Berlin
of an infection at the age of 73. Notes[edit]

^ The Neue Deutsche Biographie
Neue Deutsche Biographie
records their names as "Grimm, Jacob Ludwig Carl"[1] and "Grimm, Wilhelm Carl".[2] The Deutsches Biographisches Archiv records Wilhelm's name as "Grimm, Wilhelm Karl".[2] The Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie
Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie
gives the names as "Grimm: Jacob (Ludwig Karl)"[3] and "Grimm: Wilhelm (Karl)".[4] The National Union Catalog
National Union Catalog
Pre-1956 Imprints also gives Wilhelm's name as "Grimm, Wilhelm Karl".[2]


^ Deutsche National Bibliothek, citing Neue Deutsche Biographie. ^ a b c Deutsche National Bibliothek, citing Neue Deutsche Biographie, Deutsches Biographisches Archiv and The National Union Catalog Pre-1956 Imprints. ^ Wilhelm Scherer
Wilhelm Scherer
(1879), "Grimm, Jacob (Ludwig Karl)", Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie (ADB) (in German), 9, Leipzig: Duncker & Humblot, pp. 678–688  ^ Wilhelm Scherer
Wilhelm Scherer
(1879), "Grimm, Wilhelm (Karl)", Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie (ADB) (in German), 9, Leipzig: Duncker & Humblot, pp. 690–695  ^ a b c d e  Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Grimm, Wilhelm Carl". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.  ^ “Life of Cleasby,” prefixed to his Icelandic Dictionary, p. lxix.

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(public domain audiobooks) Wilhelm Grimm
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on IMDb Household Tales by the Brothers Grimm, translated by Margaret Hunt (This site is the only one to feature all of the Grimms' notes translated in English along with the tales from Hunt's original edition. Andrew Lang's introduction is also included.) Literature by and about Wilhelm Grimm
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in the German National Library catalogue Works by and about Wilhelm Grimm
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in the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek (German Digital Library) There is literature about Wilhelm Grimm
Wilhelm Grimm
in the Hessian Bibliography

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The Brothers Grimm

Key articles

Jacob Grimm Wilhelm Grimm Grimms' Fairy Tales Deutsche Sagen Deutsche Mythologie

Notable tales

"The Frog Prince" "Cat and Mouse in Partnership" "Mary's Child" "The Story of the Youth Who Went Forth to Learn What Fear Was" "The Wolf and the Seven Young Goats" "Trusty John" "The Wonderful Musician" "The Twelve Brothers" "Brother and Sister" "Rapunzel" "The Three Little Men in the Wood" "The Three Spinners" "Hansel and Gretel" The White Snake "The Fisherman and His Wife" "The Brave Little Tailor" "Cinderella" "The Riddle" "Little Red Riding Hood" "Town Musicians of Bremen" "Snow White" Rumpelstiltskin "Sleeping Beauty"


Grimm's law Göttingen Seven Grim Tales The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm Grimm's Fairy Tale Classics The Brothers Grimm Grimm Tales The Sisters Grimm Fairy tale American McGee's Grimm German Fairy Tale Route Grimm Once Upon a Time

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