Brothers Grimm

Events

Jacob Ludwig Carl Grimm is born to Philipp Wilhelm Grimm and Dorothea Grimm in Hanau, Germany.

January 4, 1785

Wilhelm Carl Grimm in born to Philipp Wilhelm Grimm and Dorothea Grimm in Hanau, Germany.

February 24, 1786

Philipp Wilhelm Grimm dies at age 44 with three of his nine children preceding him. Jacob, his oldest, is 11.

January 10, 1796

Jacob and Wilhelm, influenced by the folk poetry collection of Clemens Brentano and Achim von Arnim, Des Knaben Wunderhorn, begin to collect folktales.

Approx. 1806

Dorothea Grimm dies at age 52. Jacob, with Wilhelm following soon after, takes a position as a librarian at Kassel to support his younger siblings.

May 27, 1808

The Grimm brothers publish volume one of Kinder- und Hausmärchen (Children' and Household Tales -- commonly known as Grimms' Fairy Tales), a book containing 86 numbered folktales.

Approx. 1812

Volume two of Kinder- und Hausmärchen appears in print, adding 70 stories to the previous collection. The final version will include 200 numbered stories plus 10 "Children's Legends".

Approx. 1814

The Grimms publish two volumes of Deutsche Sagen, a collection totalling 585 German legends.

1816 - 1818

Wilhelm Grimm dies at age 73.

December 16, 1859

Jacob Grimm dies at the age of 78.

September 20, 1863