After more than 200 years, the first edition of the Brother Grimms’ strange, grisly tales (meant for adults) has finally been published in English. The changes made between this edition and the seventh edition—the one that’s most familiar to today’s readers—are pretty major. Over time it became watered down, child-friendly and laden with religious references. Thanks to the University of Minnesota professor emeritus who translated the edition, we can now read the original version of Rapunzel and how she became pregnant after the prince’s visit, and how Cinderella’s stepsisters cut pieces of their feet off in order to fit into the slipper.
Grimm Brothers, Uncut