Tue
Mar 20 2012 5:15pm

Philip Pullman’s Next Book Will Be a Retelling of Grimm’s Fairy Tales

The Guardian is reporting that His Dark Materials trilogy author Philip Pullman and Penguin Books will release Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm: A New English Version, a retelling by Pullman of Grimm’s Fairy Tales, in the fall.

Pullman will retell 50 of the tales, “from the quests and romance of classics such as Rapunzel, Snow White and Cinderella to the danger and wit of such lesser-known tales as The Three Snake Leaves, Hans-My-Hedgehog and Godfather Death” with additional commentary on the history of each story. The project has been Pullman’s main focus in the last two years.

This release, currently scheduled to hit shelves on November 8, will mark the 200th year since the publication of the original.

8 comments
Stefan Jones
1. Stefan Jones
I loved the "His Dark Materials" books, and have been anxiously waiting for Pullman's next efforts.

Making Grimm's collected accessible is a worthy task. So few of those stories have gained public attention . . . mostly through the sappy / niceification process of Disney.

The TV show "Once Upon a Time" could have been a lot more interesting (IMHO) if it was rooted in a wider variety of old stories . . . and while I like the show "Grimm," it is at its root a monster of the week story (albeit with interesting psychological depth).
Stefan Jones
2. Sleeping Hedgehog
He's going to be hard pressed to do better than folklorist Jack Zipes translated complete Brothers Grimm, or Maria Tatar's Annotated Grimm Brothers as both are the gold standard for English language versions of these stories.
Luke M
4. lmelior
The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ was good enough (though I didn't enjoy it as much as His Dark Materials) that I'll have to try this one out too. I think I might have enjoyed the former more if I hadn't read Christopher Moore's wonderful Lamb: the Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal just beforehand.
Mordicai Knode
5. mordicai
When the rest of the headline wasn't "The Book of Dust," I made a frowny face. (I would have also accepted "the green book.")
Stefan Jones
6. Jessica @ Book Sake
Yay, more from Pullman.

I completely agree with Stefan about the TV shows as well. I gave up on Once Upon a Time after a few episodes. Grimm I watch still, but it doesn't have the pull it needs to keep me viewing. (I think I'm a month behind because I keep passing over it for other shows on the DVR!)
Stefan Jones
7. Mr. Derp
Hi, I'm Phillip Pullman, and I no longer possess any ideas of mine own.
Stefan Jones
8. Grimm Reaper
I think Macmillan/Thomas Dunne Books is also releasing a series based on the lesser known Grimms, called the Grimm City series. The first book "Death's Apprentice" is available for pre-order on Amazon. I guess that's based on Godfather Death too.

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