Andersen's Fairy Tales

Andersen's Fairy Tales

by Hans Christian Andersen


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A gawky, dreamy boy, Hans Christian Andersen grew up to become a profoundly imaginative writer and storyteller who revolutionized literature for children. Andersen gave us the now standard versions of some traditional folk tales as well as original stories that have enchanted generations of readers. To commemorate the bicentennial of his birth, Viking will publish a new translation of thirty of his extraordinary tales, illustrated with Andersen's own paper cuts. From the exuberant early stories such as "The Tinderbox" and "The Emperor's New Clothes" through poignant masterpieces such as "The Little Mermaid" and "The Ugly Duckling," to darker, more subversive later tales written for adults, the stories here are endlessly experimental, humorous and irreverent, sorrowful and strange. Tiina Nunnally's sparkling new translation captures-for the first time in English-the vibrancy of Andersen's voice. Compiled by Andersen's biographer Jackie Wullschlager, who also contributes notes and a captivating introduction, this volume will be a major literary event that will dazzle readers young and old.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780895310521
Publisher: Sharon Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/28/1981
Series: Bambi Classics Series
Pages: 204
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

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.

Date of Birth:

April 2, 1805

Date of Death:

August 4, 1875

Place of Birth:

Odense, Denmark

Place of Death:

Copenhagen, Denmark

Table of Contents

The Sandman5
The Jumpers25
The Tinderbox45
The Rose Tree Regiment55
The Naughty Boy59
The Swineherd63
The Emperor's New Clothes73
The Princess and the Pea79
The Nightingale83
The Little Match Girl99

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Andersen's Fairy Tales 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was confused when I got this book because the Table of Contents displayed online is not the actual table of contents in the book. I was dissappointed to find out that this volumne does NOT include Thumbelina or The Little Mermaid. The actual collection of stories differs. In addition, I wish the book included more illustrations. The Table of Contents in the actual book includes the following tales: The Garden of Paradise, Little Tiny, The Fir Tree, The Storks, Little Ida's Flowers, The Red Shoes, The Ugly Duckling, The Princess and the Pea, The Girl Who Trod on a Loaf, The Angel, The Bottle Neck, The Snow Queen, The March King's Daughter, The Swineherd, The Little Match Girl, The Emperor's New Clothes, Hans Clodhopper, Great Claus and Little Claus, The Wild Swans, The Nightingale, Elder-Tree Mother, Holger the Dane, The Bell, The Shephedress aned the Sweep, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, The Roses and the Sparrows, The Old Street Lamp, What the Good Man Does Is Always Right, The Tinder Box.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a much loved (and often read) book from my childhood. I had opened it so often that the pages were falling apart. What a wonderful surprise to find it again - the stories and illustrations just as I remembered them! This new book sits proudly next to my well-worn, tattered old friend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There isn't much to say considering the book, it is a classic and I recommend it to all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I purchased this set of CDs for my 5 year-old thinking she would use her imagination while listening to 'enchanting' fairy tales (versus watching some 'mindless' video). The Emperor's New Clothes and The Ugly Ducking were interesting stories and we enjoyed them very much. Unfortunately, though, many of the tales were 'dark' and included stories about a soldier who cuts an ugly witch's head off, an old man whose fingers were chopped off, a man dying and finally at death's door, etc. I couldn't allow my daughter to hear such descriptive 'adult' subject matter. I found the stories very inappropriate for young children. I didn't even enjoy them because of their depressing nature. The description of these CDs is not detailed enough and very misleading. I do feel that Erica Johns did a good job of narrating, but since these are fairy tales which are geared toward children, I cannot recommend this set.
the1butterfly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the unabridged collection of Hans Christian Andersen¿s fairy tales. There are some very good tales in here, but that is not the norm. Most of the stories are confusing and/or boring, and his idea of a happy ending seems to be that the main character gets to die and go to heaven. This has a lot of religious content/ references. A few stories might be good for discussing unhappy endings. (That's my school review.)Basically, this book combined with another slowed down my reading for an entire summer last year- it was just so dreadfully boring! I'm a fan of reading fairy tale retellings and originals, but these were awful! They were slow, boring reads, and, as I said, Anderson's idea of a happy ending is that the characters get to die and go to heaven. Yeah. Pretty disturbing.
jwhenderson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read Andersen from an early age and love his tales whether familiar like Thumbelina or The Little Mermaid or those that are less well known.His world is the quotidian world of cobblers, ploughmen, fir trees and darning needles. It is this that makes Andersen's universe such a vital one. For, unlike the Brothers Grimm who collected German folk tales that had been sitting deep in the culture for centuries, Andersen made his stories up from scratch. Naturally he called on the trolls, tricksters and ice creatures who were part of the oral tradition of his peasant background, but much of what he did with them came directly out of his own sad, fertile brain. Instead of the Grimms' timeless forests and wicked step-mothers, Andersen gives us soldiers returning from war, the Round Tower of Copenhagen, rocking horses and a Lutheran deacon. While the Grimms' world is elegiac, Andersen's is fast, loud and crackling with the busyness of now. And they are filled with names of young people like Hans and Gretchen who might be living in your neighborhood. The tales live for me today just as they did when I was a boy.
mrsdwilliams on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Collection of 30 newly translated short stories that capture Andersen's storytelling voice without sugar-coating the endings.Excellent for those who want to go beyond Disney versions of classic stories.
slightlyfan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you love fairytales then this is the book for you. A complete -I think- eddition of all Hans Christian Andersen's work. Some were a little boring, but you get to see the english translation of his original work.
Manirul More than 1 year ago
Nice,,,, Great...!
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