Nobody has driven that point deeper than William Shakespeare; the actors of his day are unknown -- buried deeply in the dust of history -- but Shakespeare's name is known to the entire world in nearly every language. The incomparable poet and playwright is widely considered to be the world's pre-eminent dramatist, leaving a legacy of approximately 38 plays, sonnets, and two long narrative poems there is some disagreement over exact numbers because scholars debate over which work should and should not be attributed to Shakespeare. His most prolific period was between and Until his major works consisted of epic tragedies, including Hamlet , King Lear , Othello , and Macbeth. He then turned his attention to tragi-comedies romances and collaborative efforts with other playwrights.
The brothers were born in the town of Hanau in Hesse-Cassel now Germany and spent most of their childhood in the nearby town of Steinau. Their father's death in impoverished the family and affected the brothers for many years after. They attended the University of Marburg where they began a lifelong dedication to researching the early history of German language and literature, including German folktales. The rise of Romanticism during the 18th century had revived interest in traditional folk stories, which to the Grimms and their colleagues represented a pure form of national literature and culture. The Brothers Grimm established a methodology for collecting and recording folk stories that became the basis for folklore studies. Between the first edition of — and the seventh and final edition of , they revised their collection many times, so that it grew from stories to more than Individually, they published a large body of linguistic and literary scholarship.
A fairy tale is a story, often intended for children, that features fanciful and wondrous characters such as elves, goblins, wizards, and even, but not necessarily, fairies. Fairy tales are often traditional; many were passed down from story- teller to story-teller before being recorded in books. Fairy tales, in the literary sense, are easy to find.
Dictionaries define a short story as "a story with a fully developed theme but significantly shorter and less elaborate than a novel. So let's work on a better definition. The short story genre, or short story form, encompasses fully developed fictional stories that are typically between 1, and 20, words. Short stories enjoyed great cultural popularity in recent modern history, a phenomenon that was aided by technical innovation. As the technology and economics of printing presses improved in the early 19th century, more and more people in America and around the world gained access to newspapers and periodicals.