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Too often the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen are lumped with those collected by the Brothers Grimm, yet Andersen did not seek to simply preserve a form of oral tradition. Although his characters were the stuff of folklore-sprites, trolls, mermaids-he produced, in addition to definitive editions of traditional tales (such as "The Princess on the Pea"), entirely new works, woven by his own imagination. Andersen represents a dramatic and revolutionary shift in perspective; before his tales, children's ...
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Too often the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen are lumped with those collected by the Brothers Grimm, yet Andersen did not seek to simply preserve a form of oral tradition. Although his characters were the stuff of folklore-sprites, trolls, mermaids-he produced, in addition to definitive editions of traditional tales (such as "The Princess on the Pea"), entirely new works, woven by his own imagination. Andersen represents a dramatic and revolutionary shift in perspective; before his tales, children's stories were not meant for enjoyment but as tools to educate children about morals and behavior. Hans Christian Andersen shaped an entire genre of writing-his had a truthful, convincing, genuine storyteller's voice, aimed at children but mindful "that Father and Mother often listen, and you must also give them something for their mind."

This never-before-published translation includes thirty of Andersen's stories featuring the work by award-winning translator Tiina Nunnally, and edited and introduced by critic and Hans Christian Andersen scholar Jackie Wullschlager. It is also enhanced by reproductions of Andersen's intricate and fascinating paper cutouts.

Andersen's childhood was marked by folklore and superstition, but he was fortunate to be born on the cusp of social change: his generation was one of the first to embrace social mobility. Born on April 2, 1805 to a washer woman and a cobbler, he was an awkward child, over-sensitive and less than athletic. Propelled into young adulthood by his eagerness to display his talents as a singer and writer, he eventually acquired patrons, traveled throughout Europe, and found success as a writer. Stories like "The Emperor's New Clothes" and the quasi-autobiographical "The Ugly Duckling" have since become as indispensable to cultural rhetoric as references to Shakespeare and the Bible. As Wullschlager's notes in her introduction, Andersen is truly a major European writer, influencing not only Lewis Carroll and Walt Disney, but also Franz Kafka and Salman Rushdie. Spiked with satire and darkness, and permeated by his powerful sense of exclusion, Fairy Tales will delight and enrapture adults and children alike.

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Fairy tale classics from Hans Christian Andersen and illustrations by internationally acclaimed artist Lisbeth Zwerger -- it doesn't get better than this! Originally published in 1991, this stunning collection has been redesigned and expanded with three stories. From familiar tales, such as "The Emperor's New Clothes" and "The Princess and the Pea" to lesser-known stories, such as "The Sandman" and "The Jumpers," the collection is fully illustrated in Zwerger's elegant and eye-catching signature style.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780528821677
  • Publisher: Rand McNally
  • Publication date: 1/1/1972
  • Pages: 286

Meet the Author

Hans Christian Andersen
Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) was a Danish writer of more than 150 stories, along with several novels and 3 autobiographies.
Tiina Nunnally is the award-winning translator of Kristin Lavransdatter (PEN/BOMC Translation Prize) and Smilla's Sense of Snow (Lewis Galantière Prize, American Translators Association).
Jackie Wullschlager, author of Hans Christian Andersen: The Life of a Storyteller, is a literary critic and chief art correspondent for the Financial Times.

Biography

Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) was born in Odense, Denmark, to a poor family. He left home as a 14-year-old to seek his fortune at the theatre in Copenhagen. Andersen began writing plays and poetry before he left for Copenhagen, but it was not until 1835 that he published the first of the fairytales that would bring him international renown. Since then, his over 200 fairytales have enjoyed undiminished popularity, providing the basis for favorite American interpretations such as Disney's The Little Mermaid.

Biography courtesy of HarperCollins

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    1. Date of Birth:
      April 2, 1805
    2. Place of Birth:
      Odense, Denmark
    1. Date of Death:
      August 4, 1875
    2. Place of Death:
      Copenhagen, Denmark

Table of Contents

The tinderbox 5
Little Claus and Big Claus 15
The princess on the pea 29
Thumbelina 33
The traveling companion 47
The little mermaid 67
The Emperor's new clothes 91
The steadfast tin soldier 99
The wild swans 107
The flying trunk 125
The nightingale 133
The sweethearts 145
The ugly duckling 151
The fir tree 163
The snow queen 175
The red shoes 207
The shepherdess and the chimney sweep 215
The shadow 223
The old house 237
The little match girl 247
The story of a mother 253
The collar 261
The bell 267
The marsh king's daughter 275
The wind tells of Valdemar Daae and his daughters 311
The snowman 325
The ice maiden 333
The wood nymph 381
The most incredible thing 405
Auntie Toothache 411
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