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Nutcracker and Mouse King and The Tale of the Nutcracker

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The original stories behind everyone's favorite Christmas ballet

It wasn't until the 1950s that seeing The Nutcracker at Christmastime became an American tradition. But the story itself is much older and its original intent more complex. This eye-opening new volume presents two of the tale's earliest versions, both in new translations: E.T.A. Hoffmann's Nutcracker and Mouse King (1816), in which a young girl is whisked away to the Land of Toys to help her animated nutcracker ...

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Overview

The original stories behind everyone's favorite Christmas ballet

It wasn't until the 1950s that seeing The Nutcracker at Christmastime became an American tradition. But the story itself is much older and its original intent more complex. This eye-opening new volume presents two of the tale's earliest versions, both in new translations: E.T.A. Hoffmann's Nutcracker and Mouse King (1816), in which a young girl is whisked away to the Land of Toys to help her animated nutcracker defeat the Mouse King, and Alexandre Dumas's 1845 adaptation, The Tale of the Nutcracker, based on Hoffmann's popular work. Irresistible tales of magic, mystery, and childhood adventure, these timeless delights and fresh interpretations about the importance of imagination will captivate readers of all ages.

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Long before theater audiences applauded the Nutcracker ballet, readers were enchanted by the versions of the story that had inspired its composer, Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky, and choreographer, Marius Petipa. But inexplicably, the popularity of the perennial Christmas ballet has coincided with the relative eclipse of E.T.A. Hoffmann's magical Nutcracker and Mouse King (1816) and Alexandre Dumas's sprightly adaptation The Tale of the Nutcracker (1845). This handsome Penguin Classic brings together two holiday classics too good to be forgotten.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143104834
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/30/2007
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 163,628
  • Product dimensions: 5.22 (w) x 7.86 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Alexandre Dumas was born July 24, 1802, at Villiers-Cotterets, France, the son of Napoleon's famous mulatto general, Dumas. Alexandre Dumas began writing at an early age and saw his first success in a play he wrote entitled Henri III et sa Cour (1829). A prolific author, Dumas was also an adventurer and took part in the Revolution of 1830. Dumas is most famous for his brilliant historical novels, which he wrote with collaborators, mainly Auguste Maquet, and which were serialized in the popular press of the day. His most popular works are The Three Musketeers(1844), The Count of Monte Cristo (1844-45), and The Man in Iron Mask (1848-50). Dumas made and lost several fortunes, and died penniless on on December 5, 1870.
Joachim Neugroschel has won three PEN translation awards and the French-American translation prize. He has also translated Thomas Mann's Death in Venice and Sacher-Masoch's Venus in Furs, both for Penguin Classics. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2012

    This book is pretty good!

    I love the classic story of the nutcracker at christmas time.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2013

    Love that book

    I love that book !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    Love it

    Ive loved the nutcracker seince i was 2 and always wanted to read the story.it is awesome!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2012

    NOOK CHRISTMAS CHAT ROOM NOOK CHRISTMAS EVE CHAT ROOM

    SO BORED AND NEED TO CHAT

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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