Edgar Taylor

(1793—1839) lawyer and author

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(1793–1839), first English translator of the Grimms' fairy tales. Taylor's two-volume collection German Popular Stories (1823–6), illustrated by George Cruikshank, was composed, as he explained in a letter to the Grimms, with ‘the amusement of some young friends principally in view’. Taylor translated a third volume of the Grimms' tales, Gammer Grethel, or German Fairy Tales and Popular Stories (1839), illustrated by Cruikshank and Ludwig Emil Grimm. The popularity of German Popular Stories helped to make fairy tales an acceptable form of children's literature in England.

From The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Children's Literature Studies.

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