[Pdr] Piece from Jack Zipes

Jonathan Gray j.gray at cantab.net
Sun Feb 5 13:50:29 UTC 2012

Jack Zipes has offered to write something on the omitted tales from
the 1812 edition of the Brothers Grimm's Kinder- und Hausmaerchen (see
below). This year is the 200th anniversary of this first edition. As
one of the world's leading Grimm experts, Jack is in very high demand,
so this is a really big deal!

I'll follow up with him in April/May. On my list!

After I hear from him, I'll write to Marina Warner about something
else in this area.

Also I was thinking of writing to Rodney Engen, the curator of a big
exhibition about fairy tale illustrations at Dulwich Picture Gallery
[1], to write about public domain illustrations of a particular tales,
visual interpretation of tales, his favourite illustrations, or
something else.

What do yous think?


[1] http://www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk/exhibitions/past_exhibitions/the_age_of_enchantment.aspx

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Dear Jonathan,

Thanks for your letter and your kind words about my work. I am writing
to you from Boston, where I spoke at a Harvard conference on the
legacy of the Brothers Grimm, and I am a bit exhausted and preparing
for my return trip to Minneapolis. So, if I am somewhat incoherent,
you'll understand.
I have glanced at some of the articles in The Public Domain Review,
and they are highly unusual, and I am very much in favor of your
project.I should also like to contribute something, but as you have
surmised, I am ridiculously busy at the moment, especially since this
is the commemorative year celebrating 200th anniversary of the first
edition of the Brothers Grimm's Kinder- und Hausmaerchen, and I shall
be speaking at various conferences. That being said, I might be able
to provide you with a short piece along with some translations that
deal with the omitted fairy tales from the 1812 edition. It is not
commonly known that, after the Grimms published the first edition of
1812/1815, they eliminated over 20 of the tales from the first edition
when they published the second edition of 1819. And these tales were
never reprinted, although some made their way into the notes. I am
preparing an edition of omitted tales for an Italian publisher in
Rome, and after selecting the tales, I shall write a small
introduction, which the publisher will translate into Italian. The
entire edition, of course, will be in Italian. So, once I write the
introduction in April or May, I could send it to you along with a few
of the omitted tales in English and with commentary on the
significance of the omissions or the changes that the Grimms made with
some of the tales in the 1819 edition. The Grimms were "translators"
and "adapters" of the tales they collected either through oral or
print transmission.

So, if you are interested, I can re-contact you in April/May and show
you a draft of a possible article.

Best wishes,


On Sat, Feb 4, 2012 at 12:52 PM, Jonathan Gray <j.gray at cantab.net> wrote:
> Dear Professor Zipes,
> Its Bill Gray's son, Jonathan. I greatly admire your work, and look
> forward to working with the bibliographies that you kindly donated to
> the Sussex Centre a little while back.
> I'm writing to ask whether you might be interested in contributing
> something to a publication called The Public Domain Review, of which I
> am co-founder and co-editor. The Review is a free web-based journal
> that "aspires to become a bounteous gateway into this whopping
> plenitude that is the public domain". Like a free TLS, LRB, or NYRB
> for material which has public domain and is freely available online.
> As well as having a critical and curatorial function, the Review aims
> to help promote the idea that a cultural commons is something which
> should be valued: "We believe the public domain is an invaluable and
> indispensable good, which – like our natural environment and our
> physical heritage – deserves to be explicitly recognised, protected
> and appreciated".
> You can find it here: http://publicdomainreview.org/
> The Review is just entering its second year. We have many wonderful
> articles, including one last week from Julian Barnes on an unusual
> meeting between Maupassant and Swinburne:
> http://publicdomainreview.org/2012/01/24/an-unlikely-lunch-when-maupassant-met-swinburne/
> For a while my Co-editor and I have been fantasising about inviting
> you to write a short piece on an interesting or curious collection of
> fairy tales, an obscure or unusual tale that you like, or any other
> work that has passed into the public domain. For example, we noticed
> that you highlight the "Meadows of Gold and Mines of Gems" collection
> in a selected bibliography of primary sources, which sounds very
> interesting. Also you mention the Richard Burton translation of the
> Pentamerone, which is a wonderful book, which not everyone will know
> much about.
> What do you think? We realise you must be very busy, but thought it
> was nevertheless worth asking!
> Many thanks for your time.
> All the best,
> Jonathan
> --
> Jonathan Gray
> http://jonathangray.org

Jack Zipes
Professor Emeritus
University of Minnesota
Home address: 3245 Irving Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Phone: (612) 825-9060
Cell: (612) 483-6672

Jonathan Gray

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