The stories of Hans Christian Andersen: a new translation from the Danish

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Duke University Press, 2005 - Fiction - 293 pages
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On the bicentennial of Hans Christian Andersenrs"s birth, this collection takes Andersen out of the nursery and places him squarely in the literary pantheon. While Andersenrs"s tales continue to seize the imagination with their singular blend of simplicity, eccentricity, and charm, English-language readers have until now had to content themselves with inaccurate retellings and inadequate translations. Diana Crone Frank, a Danish novelist and linguist, and Jeffrey Frank, a novelist and editor at theNew Yorker, offer a much-needed modern translation.In this collection are twenty-two tales that best represent Andersenrs"s literary legacy, including such classics as "The Little Mermaid," "The Ugly Duckling," "Thumbelisa," and "The Emperorrs"s New Clothes," as well as largely unfamiliar stories like "By the Outermost Sea." Illuminating notes clarify references in the tales. And in an introductory essay, the Franks explore the writer and his times, placing the enigmatic and often bizarre figure of Andersen among his literary contemporaries, such as Charles Dickens and Soslash;ren Kierkegaard, with whom he crossed paths; and they bring to life Andersenrs"s fascinating relationship with the United States. Illustrated with the delicate and beautiful drawings that accompanied the original Danish publication,The Stories of Hans Christian Andersenwill delight readers of all ages.

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Some of these stories are quite dark and the illustrations are glorious. This was one of my childhood favorites. Read full review

Contents

The Real H C Andersen i
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The Tinderbox Fyrtøjet 1835
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The Princess on the Pea Prinsessen paa Ærten 1835
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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.

Diana Crone Frank has a Ph.D. in linguistics and works at ABC News.

Jeffrey Frank is a senior editor at the New Yorker and was formerly an editor at the Washington Post and the Washington Star. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, Diana.

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