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Little Mermaid and Other Fairy Tales

ISBN-10: 0486423654
ISBN-13: 9780486423654
Edition: 2002 (Unabridged)
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Description: The fairy tals of Hans Christian Andersen have delighted readers the world over for generatios. This selection contains 12 unabridged stories, including 'The Ugly Duckling', 'Thumbelina', 'The Emperor's New Clothes' and 'The Red Shoes'.

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Book details

List price: $3.50
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Dover Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/13/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.242
Language: English

The fairy tals of Hans Christian Andersen have delighted readers the world over for generatios. This selection contains 12 unabridged stories, including 'The Ugly Duckling', 'Thumbelina', 'The Emperor's New Clothes' and 'The Red Shoes'.

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.

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