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Description - Stories and Tales by Hans Christian Andersen

A true classic of Western literature, Stories and Tales by Hans Christian Andersen, arguably the most notable children's writer of all, has delighted young and old for generations. This unique collection was first translated for George Routledge over 130 years ago. Completely reset, but preserving the original, beautiful illustrations by A.W. Bayes, engraved by the masters of Victorian book illustration, the Brothers Dalziel, this marvellous book will be treasured by young and old alike.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415285988
ISBN-10: 0415285984
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 31mm)
Pages: 416
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Aug-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Book Reviews - Stories and Tales by Hans Christian Andersen

UK Kirkus Review » This edition of Hans Christian Andersen's famous tales was first published over 130 years ago, and is just as attractive today. There are more than 60 tales - 'The Ugly Duckling', 'The Snow Queen' and 'The Little Mermaid' amongst many others. Andersen's prolific writings included plays, novels and travel books, but his enduring legacy to literature was some of the best-loved fairy tales ever known. These were not intended for children alone, but for everyone, everywhere, of any age. Some came from his storytelling father (a poor Danish shoemaker) and some from the spinning room of the asylum and workhouse where his grandmother was employed, but others were pure invention. Even as a young boy, Andersen imagined whole plays from theatre playbills. He used many experiences from his own difficult life as the basis for his tales, sometimes striking back at his critics, as he did in 'The Nightingale'. The triumph of love over evil, changes of fortune, suffering and the struggle for acceptance are repeated themes, lending poignancy to such tales as 'Thumbelina' and 'The Wild Swans'. Andersen's love of the natural world shines through his descriptions. His irrepressible vivacity and humour - never more apparent than in 'The Emperor's New Clothes' - make the tales of a darning needle with airs and graces or a bragging shirt-collar no less magical than those of palaces and princesses. Not all the stories are as sentimental as 'The Little Match-Girl' or as disturbing as 'The Red Shoes', but death is never far away. The fresh, colloquial style of the original tales, lost in some translations, is retained here by H W Dulcken, whose Victorian language gives added character, and numerous original black-and-white ink drawings by A W Bayes aptly complement the text. Like the earlier fairy tales of Perrault and the Brothers Grimm, the stories have a universal appeal that reaches far beyond the time in which they were written. Ages 6+ (Kirkus UK)


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Author Biography - Hans Christian Andersen

Hans Christian Andersen (1805-75). Danish author, the son of a shoemaker, who became one of the world's greatest storytellers.

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