Wilhelm Grimm

1786 - 1859

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Wilhelm Carl Grimm (also Karl; 24 February 1786 – 16 December 1859) was a German author and anthropologist. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Wilhelm Grimm has received more than 512,518 page views. His biography is available in 48 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 46 in 2019). Wilhelm Grimm is the 338th most popular writer (up from 344th in 2019), the 291st most popular biography from Germany (up from 311th in 2019) and the 22nd most popular German Writer.

Wilhelm Grimm was a German fairy tale collector and compiler, along with his brother Jacob. His most famous work is the Grimm's Fairy Tales.

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Notable Works

Grimms' Fairy Tales
Die deutsche Heldensage
German literature
Hansel and Gretel
When they are left in the woods by their parents, two children find their way home despite an encounter with a wicked witch.
Deutsche mythologie
Germanic peoples
Publisher's description: This series is the most exhaustive compendium of German and Norse mythology and a milestone in the study of comparative mythology and religion. Indispensable for students and scholars of folklore, cultural history, and literature, this work remains the definitive basis for further research into the field.
Dear Mili
Juvenile Fiction
Young Mili escapes a horrible war by living for thirty years in the forest with a kindly old man in this long-lost Grimm tale
Fairy tales
Kinder- und Hausmärchen
Fairy tales, Folk literature, Folklore
An illustrated edition of more than 200 traditional tales collected from German folklore by the Brothers Grimm.
Hänsel und Gretel
Fairy tales, Folklore, Children: Grades 2-3
A retelling of the adventures of a brother and sister left in the woods by their wicked stepmother.
Die Bremer Stadtmusikanten
Fairy tales, Folklore, Animals
No longer wanted by their masters, a donkey, dog, cat, and rooster set out for Bremen to become musicians
Tales, Fairy tales, Juvenile literature
Charles Perrault’s version of the folk tale _Petite chaperon rouge_ was retold in German by the Grimm Brothers as _Rotkäppchen_, and retold in many English translations as _Little Red Riding Hood_. A little girl on her way to visit her grandmother meets a hungry wolf in the forest.
Fairy tales
Allemagne, Tales, Fairy tales
A collection of fifty tales collected by the German folklorists, including some little-known or previously unpublished.
Deutsche mythologie
Religion, Germanic Mythology, Germanic peoples

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Over the past year Wilhelm Grimm has had the most page views in the with 66,415 views, followed by German (51,463), and Spanish (17,486). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Tamil (132.38%), Italian (112.92%), and Maltese (105.46%)


Among writers, Wilhelm Grimm ranks 338 out of 7,302Before him are William Wordsworth, Mikhail Sholokhov, David Woodard, Paul Celan, Paul Éluard, and Lorenzo Valla. After him are Callimachus, Nâzım Hikmet, Doris Lessing, Arthur Schnitzler, Luqman, and Henry Miller.

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Among people born in 1786, Wilhelm Grimm ranks 4Before him are Carl Maria von Weber, Christian VIII of Denmark, and John Vianney. After him are Marie Walewska, Ludwig I of Bavaria, François Arago, Michel Eugène Chevreul, Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, Davy Crockett, Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia, and John Franklin. Among people deceased in 1859, Wilhelm Grimm ranks 8Before him are Klemens von Metternich, Alexis de Tocqueville, Peter Gustav Lejeune Dirichlet, Oscar I of Sweden, Carl Ritter, and John Vianney. After him are Josip Jelačić, Ferdinand II of the Two Sicilies, Washington Irving, Bettina von Arnim, Louis Spohr, and Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Wilhelm Grimm ranks 291 out of 7,253Before him are Frederick V of the Palatinate (1596), Maria Sibylla Merian (1647), Irma Grese (1923), Carl Zeiss (1816), Wilhelm Eduard Weber (1804), and Ernst Ruska (1906). After him are Hans Memling (1435), Sophie Scholl (1921), Martin Behaim (1459), Otto IV, Holy Roman Emperor (1175), Karl May (1842), and Helmut Schmidt (1918).

Among WRITERS In Germany

Among writers born in Germany, Wilhelm Grimm ranks 22Before him are Nelly Sachs (1891), Paul Heyse (1830), Heinrich von Kleist (1777), Ernst Jünger (1895), Michael Ende (1929), and Friedrich Schlegel (1772). After him are Karl May (1842), Einhard (770), Heinrich Mann (1871), Wolfram von Eschenbach (1170), Traudl Junge (1920), and Jean Paul (1763).