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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User Review  - Stbalbach - LibraryThing

This is my 5th Norton Annotated book and I really had high expectations. Sadly the magic of Andersen got lost somewhere. Maybe it's the annotations which decode and de-construct Andersen, ironically ... 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)

Julie K. Allen is assistant professor in the Department of Scandanavian Studies at University of Wisconsin. She is co-translator of The Annotated Hans Christian Andersen, with Maria Tatar.

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