The Annotated Hans Christian Andersen

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2008 - Fiction - 449 pages
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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' unrivalled 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 a hundred and fifty rare images, many in full colour, by artists such as Arthur Rackham and Edmund Dulac, "The Annotated Hans Christian Andersen" will 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.

  

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Review: The Annotated Hans Christian Andersen

User Review  - Patricia - Goodreads

Most of Andersen's tails are tragic and disturbing. Not as disgusting as Grimm's fairy tales, though. I didn't know much about the man before I read this collection (he was nothing like Danny Kaye ... Read full review

Review: The Annotated Hans Christian Andersen

User Review  - Liz - Goodreads

The stories that were picked out for the book summed up Anderson's work as a whole. Some other references seemed to me almost too much like they had subliminal meanings, when in fact Andersen could have not have always had a meaning behind every small scene in the children's stories. Read full review

Contents

The Emperors New Clothes
3
The Snow Queen
17
The Princess and the Pea
70
The Nightingale
78
The Ugly Duckling
99
The Little Mermaid
119
The Tinderbox
156
The Wild Swans
169
TALES FOR ADULTS
249
The Shadow
263
The Psyche 2 80
280
The Most Astonishing Thing
298
The Girl Who Trod on the Loaf
315
The Phoenix 3 30
330
The Flying Trunk
356
The Bell
370

Thumbelina
193
The Little Match Girl
214
The Steadfast Tin Soldier
223
Ole ShutEye 2 34
234
Andersens Illustrators
399
ANDERSENS READERS
414
Works by Hans Christian Andersen
436
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About the author (2008)

Hans Christian Andersen, one of the best known figures in literature, is best know for combining traditional folk tales with his own great imagination to produce fairy tales known to most children today. The Danish writer was born in the slums of Odense. Although he was raised in poverty, he eventually attended Copenhagen University. Although Andersen wrote poems, plays and books, he is best known for his Fairy Tales and Other Stories, written between 1835 and 1872. This work includes such famous tales as The Emperor's New Clothes, Little Ugly Duckling, The Tinderbox, Little Claus and Big Claus, Princess and the Pea, The Snow Queen, The Little Mermaid, The Nightingale, The Story of a Mother and The Swineherd. Andersen's greatest work is still influential today, helping mold some of the works of writers ranging from Charles Dickens to Oscar Wilde and inspiring many of the works of Disney and other motion pictures. Andersen, who traveled greatly during his life, died in his home in Rolighed on August 4, 1875.

Maria Tatar chairs the Program in Folklore and Mythology at Harvard University. She is the author of Enchanted Hunters: The Power of Stories in Childhood, Off with Their Heads! Fairy Tales and the Culture of Childhood and many other books on folklore and fairy stories. She is also the editor and translator of The Annotated Hans Christian Andersen, The Annotated Brothers Grimm, The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales, The Annotated Peter Pan, The Classic Fairy Tales: A Norton Critical Edition and The Grimm Reader. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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