Germany has had a profound influence on English stories for children. The Brothers Grimm, The Swiss Family Robinson and Johanna Spyri’s Heidi quickly became classics but, as David Blamires clearly articulates in this volume, many other works have been fundamental in the development of English children’s stories during the 19th century and beyond.
Telling Tales is the first comprehensive study of the impact of Germany on English children’s books, covering the period from 1780 to the First World War. Beginning with The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, moving through the classics and including many other collections of fairytales and legends, it covers a wealth of translated and adapted material.
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Title: Telling Tales
Subtitle: The Impact of Germany on English Children’s Books 1780-1918
Author: Blamires, David
Publication date: October 2009
Number of pages: xi + 459
Dimensions: 6.14” x 9.21” | 234mm x 156mm
Illustrations: 34 black and white
BIC Subject Code: DSY (Children's & teenage literature studies)
Telling Tales: The Impact of Germany on English Children’s Books 1780-1918 by David Blamires is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.0 UK: England & Wales License.
1. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
2. A World of Discovery: Joachim Heirich Campe
3. Elements of Morality: Salzmann and Wollstonecraft
4. Musäus and the Beginnings of the Fairytale
5. Discovering Germany
6. The Swiss Family Robinson
7. Moral, Didactic and Religious Tales
8. Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué: Undine and Sintram
9. Adelbert von Chamisso’s Peter Schlemihl
10. The Fairytales of the Brothers Grimm
11. The Fairytales of Wilhelm Hauff
12. The Folktale Tradition in Germany
13. E. T. A. Hoffmann’s Nutcracker and Mouse King
14. Lesser Fairytales Authors
15. Clemens Brentano’s Fairytales
16. Learning about German History
17. The Thirty Years War
18. Historical Tales and Adventure Stories
19. Picture Books
20. Sigfried and the Nibelungenlied
21. The Franco-Prussian War
22. German Books for Girls
23. Children’s Books and the First World War
"The sheer mass of material and the painstaking presentation as well as the extensive bibliography and compendious index make this an excellent work of reference."