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children's 8-12

The Annotated Hans Christian Andersen

Hans Christian Andersen. Maria Tatar, ed.
Publisher Norton/QPB  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 10 x 8.5 x 1.25 inches
ISBN 9780739497715
Pages/Publication Date 449/2008
Daedalus Item Code 11486
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The translator and editor of The Grimm Reader, folklorist Maria Tatar here presents the classic stories of Hans Christian Andersen and explores his enduring appeal to children and their parents. The volume presents and discusses 24 of the Danish author's most cherished stories, including "The Little Mermaid," "The Snow Queen," "The Emperor's New Clothes," "Thumbelina," "The Red Shoes," "The Ugly Duckling," "The Nightingale," "The Little Match Girl," and "The Princess And The Pea." Hundreds of annotations explore the literary, historical, and psychological importance of the stories, which are accompanied by more than 150 paintings and drawings from such illustrators as Kay Nielsen, Edmund Dulac, and Arthur Rackham. The "Tales for Children" section is followed by "Tales for Adults," a collection of rarely seen Andersen stories that are almost unknown to the general public.

"Maria Tatar has created a marvelously illustrated, admirably annotated anthology of Andersen's most memorable stories. Forget about witchcraft and Harry Potter. Put aside Oz and Wonderland. Explore the beauty, sadness, and philosophical depths of Denmark's immortal wonder tales."—Martin Gardner

"Tatar, Harvard's dean for humanities, relates that when she taught Andersen's tales, undergraduates often reported their magical childhood experiences with the fairy tales and protested her analyses of Andersen's frequently brutal scenarios. Tatar avers that her research did help her re-evaluate the affective qualities of Andersen's work. While it remains important to acknowledge the sadism of renowned tales like 'The Snow Queen' and 'The Little Match Girl,' and to investigate Andersen's bitter efforts to join fashionable Danish society (noted in a biographical appendix), this collection of 12 'Tales for Children' and a dozen more 'Tales for Adults' focuses on the stories' fairy tale references and aesthetic appeal. Gorgeous turn-of-the-century illustrations by Kay Nielsen, William Heath Robinson and others—and a section with comments from Dickens, van Gogh and Ursula Le Guin, among others—testify to Andersen's wide influence. Translating with Julie K. Allen, Tatar conveys the indisputable magnetism and uncanny, threatening beauty of Andersen's visions."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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