Telling Tales: The Impact of Germany on English Children’s Books 1780-1918

Telling Tales: The Impact of Germany on English Children’s Books 1780-1918 David Blamires
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One should not use the designation ‘standard work’ lightly, but this book well deserves the accolade. It will, over time, become the touchstone for much fruitful investigation.
– Florian Krobb, Modern Language Review

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.



Telling Tales: The Impact of Germany on English Children’s Books 1780-1918
David Blamires | October 2009
xi + 459 | 34 black and white illustrations | 6.14" x 9.21" (234 x 156 mm)
ISBN Paperback: 9781906924096
ISBN Hardback: 9781906924102
ISBN Digital (PDF): 9781906924119
DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0004
BIC subject codes: DSY (Children's & teenage literature studies)

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Introduction

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

Primary Texts
Select Bibliography
Index
David Blamires was a Professor of German at the University of Manchester. His publications include Characterization and Individuality in Wolfram’s ‘Parzival’; David Jones: Artist and Writer; Herzog Ernst and the Otherworld Journey: a Comparative Study; Happily Ever After: Fairytale Books through the Ages; Margaret Pilkington 1891-1974; Fortunatus in his Many English Guises; Robin Hood: a Hero for all Times and The Books of Jonah. He also guest-edited a special number of the Bulletin of the John Rylands University Library of Manchester on Children's Literature.
"This book caters for two kinds of reader. Interested amateurs will find in it an exciting story, told in accessible language and interspersed with informative sketches (plot summaries with gentle interpretations) on some of German literature’s seminal texts. Specialists in several areas — historians of British cultureof the long nineteenth century, historians of children’s literature, researchers into Anglo-German literary relations — will find in it a wealth of material for further investigation. [...] One should not use the designation ‘standard work’ lightly, but this book well deserves the accolade. It will, over time, become the touchstone for much fruitful investigation."
–Florian Krobb, Modern Language Review 106 (2), April 2011: 506-07

"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."
–Dieter Petzold, Jarbuch Kinder- und Jugendliteraturforschung 2009/2010