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The Brothers Grimm

Jacob Grimm was born in 1785 in present-day Germany. His brother Wilhelm Grimm was born one year later. They worked as librarians and professors.

People were beginning to forget the old stories. So the Grimm Brothers gathered and preserved many authentic German folk tales by putting them in books.

Wilhelm selected and arranged the stories. Jacob edited, paying attention to the language and messages of each story. The brothers' stories include magic, talking animals, and lessons on right and wrong.

The Grimm Brothers used these folk tales to show that Germans shared a common culture. They were also interested in unifying and preserving German language and together wrote a German Dictionary.