Maria Tatar, chair of Folklore and Mythology and the John L. Loeb Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University, is editor of The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales. The author of books on the Brothers Grimm, on fairy tales (The Hard Facts of the Grimms' Fairy Tales and Off with Their Heads!), and on the cultural impact of mesmerist theories and practices of 19th and 20th century literature, she has also authored Lustmord, which explores the theme of sexual violence in the literature, film, and art of the Weimar period in Germany. In addition, she has edited an anthology of fairy tales published as a Norton Critical Edition. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.