Jacob Grimm (2226 words)

Ruth B. Bottigheimer (SUNY, Stony Brook)
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Childhood and Adolescence 1785-1802

Jacob Ludwig Carl Grimm was born on 4 January 1785 in Hanau to Dorothea Zimmer Grimm and Philipp Wilhelm Grimm. Both Reformed Protestants (rather than Lutheran), they belonged to the confession that dominated the German principalities, such as the County of Hanau, the Margravate of Kassel, and the Kingdom of Prussia, in which locations Jacob Grimm spent most of his life. Jacob Grimm's great-grandfather and grandfather had both been Reformed pastors, his father a lawyer for the Count of Hanau, first in Hanau and then in Steinau. A precocious youngster, Jacob had learned to read and write at an early age from his father's sister. The family's local prominence, financial comfort, and c…

Citation: Bottigheimer, Ruth B.. "Jacob Grimm". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 August 2008 [https://staging.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=1890, accessed 09 August 2022.]

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