Hans Christian Andersen

ISBN-10: 0393060810
ISBN-13: 9780393060812
Edition: 2007
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Description: A richly entertaining and informative collection of Hans Christian Andersen's stories, annotated by one of America's leading folklore scholars. In her most ambitious annotated work to date, Maria Tatar celebrates the stories told by Denmark's  More...

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List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/17/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 416
Size: 8.75" wide x 10.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.364
Language: English

A richly entertaining and informative collection of Hans Christian Andersen's stories, annotated by one of America's leading folklore scholars. In her most ambitious annotated work to date, Maria Tatar celebrates the stories told by Denmark's "perfect wizard" and re-envisions Hans Christian Andersen as a writer who casts his spell on both children and adults. Andersen's most beloved tales, such as "The Emperor's New Clothes," "The Ugly Duckling," and "The Little Mermaid," are now joined by "The Shadow" and "Story of a Mother," mature stories that reveal his literary range and depth. Tatar captures the tales' unrivaled dramatic and visual power, showing exactly how Andersen became one of the world's ten most translated authors, along with Shakespeare, Dickens, and Marx. Lushly illustrated with more than one hundred fifty rare images, many in full color, by artists such as Arthur Rackham and Edmund Dulac,The Annotated Hans Christian Andersenwill captivate readers with annotations that explore the rich social and cultural dimensions of the nineteenth century and construct a compelling portrait of a writer whose stories still fascinate us today. 146 illustrations including color.

The fairy tales for which Andersen is now famous comprise only a small part of his lifework. Born in Odense, the son of a poor shoemaker, Andersen worked in a factory after his father's death. However, he soon displayed a talent for poetry and went to Copenhagen to pursue other outlets. Andersen's first collection of poems was published in 1830 and a second in 1831. Andersen complained bitterly about the lack of encouragement for his first volume of stories, Fairy Tales, Told for Children (1835). In 1843, he began the series called New Adventures, the title no longer addressing itself exclusively to children. His contemporaries received his novels and travel books enthusiastically. In his old age, Andersen said, "My fairy tales are written as much for adults as for children. Children understand only the trimmings, and not until they mature will they see and comprehend the whole." During his lifetime his talent was more esteemed more generally in other countries than in his native Denmark. Charles Dickens, for example, called the Dane "a great writer." Andersen died in Copenhagen in 1875 after a long battle with cancer.

Acknowledgments
Denmark's Perfect Wizard
Ordering the Tales: From the Familiar to the Strange
Tales For Children
The Emperor's New Clothes
The Snow Queen
The Princess and the Pea
The Nightingale
The Ugly Duckling
The Little Mermaid
The Tinderbox
The Wild Swans
Thumbelina
The Little Match Girl
The Steadfast Tin Soldier
Ole Shut-Eye
Tales for Adults
The Red Shoes
The Shadow
The Psyche
The Most Astonishing Thing
The Story of a Mother
The Girl Who Trod on the Loaf
The Phoenix
The Goblin and the Grocer
Auntie Toothache
The Flying Trunk
Heartache
The Bell
Biographies
A Fairy-Tale Life? Hans Christian Andersen
Andersen's Illustrators
Andersen's Readers
Bibliography
Works by Hans Christian Andersen
Secondary Literature

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