The Hans Christian Andersen: The Complete Fairy Tales and Stories

The Hans Christian Andersen: The Complete Fairy Tales and Stories


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This definitive collection of work from Hans Christian Andersen—one of the immortals of world literature—not only includes his own notes to his stories but is the only version available in trade paperback that presents Andersen's fairy tales exactly as he collected them in the original Danish edition of 1874. Recognizing the literary merit of Andersen's own simple colloquial language, which Victorian translators and their imitators very often altered to sentimentalize or vulgarize, translator Erik Haugaard has remained faithful to the original text. 

The fairy tales Hans Christian Andersen wrote, such as "The Snow Queen," "The Ugly Duckling," "The Red Shoes," and "The Nightingale," are remarkable for their sense of fantasy, power of description, and acute sensitivity, and they are like no others written before or since. Unlike the Brothers Grimm, who collected and retold folklore, Andersen adopted the most ancient literary forms of the fairy tale and the folktale and distilled them into a genre that was uniquely his own.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385189514
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/28/1983
Series: Anchor Folktale Library Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 1120
Sales rank: 609,924
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.16(h) x 2.00(d)

About the Author

Hans Christian Andersen (1805—75) was born in Odense, Denmark, the son of a poor shoemaker, who nonetheless was a great reader, made a toy-theatre for his son and taught him to notice every natural wonder as they walked in the woods together on Sundays. His father died when he was eleven, and it wasn't until six years later that, with the help of a patron, he finally went to a state secondary school attended by much youger children. There he suffered at the hands of a cruel headmaster, but he aquired an education and was determined to be a writer. He published his first novel and his first fairy tales in 1835; thereafter he wrote over 150 more of these stories which have become classics in many languages.

A lonely man who never married, he was also an anxious man; he loved travelling, but would carry a coil of rope with him in case of fire in his hotel. Although he originally addressed his fairy tales to children (and some would maintain he had a streak of childhood in his nature) he insisted they were 'for all ages', and the gentleness and humor that are their characteristics are recognized by everyone.

Date of Birth:

April 2, 1805

Date of Death:

August 4, 1875

Place of Birth:

Odense, Denmark

Place of Death:

Copenhagen, Denmark

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Hans Christian Andersen the Complete Fairy Tales and Stories 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
RamonaWray on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this to my six year-old. It was a big book for him :-) and it took us a few months to get through it. Recommended it to every parents who want their children to be aware of more than just Pokemon and video games. My son and I enjoyed it, although I'm not sure he understood everything. It would probably make a better choice for slightly older children. A wonderful read nonetheless.
dianaleez on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Interesting folk story collection, but as one who grew up on these, they are not for children.
SandiFL More than 1 year ago
Such good glad to have this compilation of Hans Christian Andersen. Hope to find a few that I haven't already read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This collection is the best English translation out there.
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