Jacob Grimm (1785 – 1863) and William Grimm (1786 – 1859) were German brothers most famous for their collections of fairy tales.
It took ten years (1812 –1822) to collect together over 200 stories that make up the Grimm tales.
The two brothers lived in Kassel until 1829, when they moved to the nearby University of Gottingen, where they worked as librarians and professors.
The Grimm brothers were sacked from their jobs at the university in 1837, when Ernest Augustus, duke of Cumberland, became the new King of Hanover. The King had the brothers sacked because they had spoken out against his new laws.
In 1840 they were invited to go to Berlin by the King of Prussia, Frederick William IV, to become members of the Royal Academy of Sciences. While at the Academy the brothers started work on the German Dictionary, but they never completed the work before they died.
The Brothers Grimm wrote over 200 fairy tales and folk stories.