The brothers Grimm, recipients of today's Google Doodle, published a book of fairy tales 200 years ago that would come to define bedtime reading for millions of children over two centuries.
Thursday’s doodle tells the story of Little Red Riding Hood. Twenty-one different slides depict her journey from town, to woods, to Grandma's house, to wolf's belly, to freedom in the arms of a burly woodsman. The story is universally known -- one we grew up on, and our parents grew up on, and their parents before them.
But Google could have chosen half a dozen other stories published by the German brothers that are similarly embedded in our culture. Rumpelstiltskin, Cinderella (originally published as Aschenputtell), Snow White, Rapunzel and Hansel and Gretel all appear in their voluminous work.
The brothers -- Jacob and Wilhelm -- worked closely together throughout their lives, and had a particular interest in the history of the German language and the mythology of the people.