Grimm letter to Scott shows German-Scottish links

Fiona Hyslop and David McAllister
Fiona Hyslop and David McAllister
at NLS with Jacob Grimm's letter and
a bust of Walter Scott.

A letter written almost 200 years ago from Jacob Grimm to Sir Walter Scott demonstrates strong links between Germany and Scotland that are continuing today.

The letter accompanied a first edition of 'Grimm's fairy tales', which Grimm sent to Scott in 1814. Published in 1812 by Jacob and his brother Wilhelm, this copy of the book bears Scott's signature on the title page.

During his visit to Scotland, the Prime Minister of Lower Saxony, David McAllister, examined the letter at the National Library of Scotland in the company of Fiona Hyslop, the Scottish Culture Secretary. They also saw Walter Scott's copy of the fairy tales and other items linking Germany with Scotland.

Ms Hyslop and Mr McAllister were at NLS to launch the Scottish International Storytelling Festival and the celebrations of the Grimm bicentenary in Scotland. This year's festival, which runs from 19-28 October, explores the influence across Europe of the brothers Grimm and of older folk and fairy tales.

Read more in our Grimm bicentenary press release.

7 June 2012

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