The Brothers Grimm Jacob (1785-1863) and Wilhelm Grimm (1786-1859), were German academics, linguists, cultural researchers, and authors who together collected folklore. They are among the most well-known storytellers of European folk tales, and their work popularized such stories as 'Cinderella', 'The Frog Prince', 'Hansel and Gretel', 'Rapunzel', 'Rumpelstiltskin' (Rumpelstilzchen), and 'Snow White' (Schneewittchen). Their first collection of folk tales, Children's and Household Tales (Kinder- und Hausm__rchen), was published in 1812. The brothers spent their formative years first in the German town of Hanau and then in Steinau.
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