Who Wrote Snow White ?
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The story of Snow White was written by the brothers Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm (also known as The Grimm Brothers, or, The Brothers Grimm). Both brothers were born in Hanau. Jacob was born in 1785 and Wilhelm was born in 1786.
They had to quit university studies due to political ideals. While Wilhelm joined forces with philological researches, Jacob was a prolific writer of various genres of literature and led his younger brother. He had quite a difficult childhood since his parents had died and he had the responsibility of caring for his five brothers and sisters. He initially worked for public administration and later joined Gottingen Library, from which he was sacked for political reasons. Jacob wrote numerous theoretical books, German legends and poems, a grammar book and also one about German Mythology.
He later published a German Dictionary and a History of German Language and was later nominated by the Science Academy of Berlin along with his brother. Interestingly, Jacob was elected for the first German Parliament in 1848. Wilhelm went on to become Secretary at Kassel Library before he joined his brother in writing. In the year 1841 he became a member of the Science Faculty of Berlin. It was in 1812 that Jacob and Wilhelm, along with Gorres, published “Children’s and Household Tales”, in which the story of Snow White appeared.
Wilhelm Grimm died in December 16, 1859 and Jacob Grimm died in September 20, 1863. They were both buried in Berlin’s St. Matthäus Kirchhof Cemetery in Schöneberg.
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