Jacob Grimm (1785-1863) and Wilhelm Grimm (1786-1859). Born in Germany, they both studied law before turning to the collection of fairy tales, an endevour which was to occupy them for the rest of their lives.
'Among the few indispensable, common-property books upon which Western culture can be founded ... it is hardly too much to say that these tales rank next to the Bible in importance.' - W.H. Auden