Wilhelm Grimm

Wilhelm Grimm

Hanau, Main-Kinzig-Kreis, Hessen, Germany
Death 16 Dec 1859 (aged 73)
Berlin, Germany
Burial Schoneberg, Tempelhof-Schöneberg, Berlin, Germany
Memorial ID 21567 · View Source
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Writer. Younger of Grimm brothers. Their father died when Jacob was young. With financial help of their aunt Jacob and Wilhelm were sent to Kasel to attend the Lyzeum. He worked from 1816 to 1829 as a librarian at Kasel, where his brother served as a secretary. Between 1821 and 1822 the brothers raised extra money by collecting three volumes of folktales. With these publications they wanted to show, that Germans shared a similar culture and advocate the unification process of the small independent kingdoms and principalities. In 1830 brothers moved to Gottingen where Wilhelm become assistant librarian and Jacob librarian. In 1835 Wilhelm was appointed professor, but they were dismissed two years later for protesting against the abrogation of the Hannover constitution by King Ernest Augustus. In 1841 they became professors at the University of Berlin, and worked on German dictionary. Its first volume appeared in 1854. The work, 16 volumes, was finished in the 1960. The Grimm’s wrote down most of the tales from oral narrations, collecting the material mainly from peasants. Among the best-known stories are "Hansel and Gretel," "Cinderella," "Rumpelstiltskin," "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" and "The Golden Goose." Wilhelm married in 1825 with Dorothea Viehmann Wild one of their the most important informants for theirs tales.

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