Hans Christian Andersen: The Complete Fairy Tales and Stories

Hans Christian Andersen: The Complete Fairy Tales and Stories

by Hans Christian Andersen, Book House

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This book, newly updated, contains the complete Andersen’s 168 fairy tales and stories in the chronological order of their original publication.

Hans Christian Andersen was a Danish author and poet. Although a prolific writer of plays, travelogues, novels, and poems, Andersen is best remembered for his fairy tales, a literary genre he so mastered that he himself has become as mythical as the tales he wrote. Andersen's popularity is not limited to children; his stories—called eventyrs, or "fantastic tales"—express themes that transcend age and nationality.

During his lifetime he was acclaimed for having delighted children worldwide and was feted by royalty. Andersen's fairy tales, which have been translated into more than 125 languages, have become culturally embedded in the West's collective consciousness, readily accessible to children, but presenting lessons of virtue and resilience in the face of adversity for mature readers as well. They have inspired motion pictures, plays, ballets, and animated films.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9786050474138
Publisher: Book House Publishing
Publication date: 07/06/2016
Series: Greatest Writers of All Time , #2
Sold by: StreetLib SRL
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 428,941
File size: 4 MB

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 stories...so 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago