[Pdr] Piece from Jack Zipes
sam.leon at okfn.org
Sun Feb 5 13:56:58 UTC 2012
Good idea, plus keen to seem more cool openly licensed visual stuff as main
features on PDR.
On Sun, Feb 5, 2012 at 1:50 PM, Jonathan Gray <j.gray at cantab.net> wrote:
> 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
> , to write about public domain illustrations of a particular tales,
> visual interpretation of tales, his favourite illustrations, or
> something else.
> What do yous think?
> ---------- 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:
> > 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
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