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The Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersenby Hans Christian Andersen
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The cornerstone of modern fantasy… An exciting new compilation of Hans Christian Andersens world-famous fairy tales
The Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen presents the most famous Andersen stories, including classics such as “The Little Mermaid”, “The Ugly Duckling”, and “The Princess and the Pea,” in a highly esteemed 1942 translation by Jean Hersholt. This lovingly designed book contains a sparkling and unexpected selection of beautiful artwork from the 1840s to the 1980s by such artist greats as Kay Nielsen, the beloved Arthur Rackham, the eccentric Tom Seidmann-Freud (niece of Sigmund Freud), and the groundbreaking film animator Lotte Reiniger, as well as exciting, newly discovered talents. The collection also features historic and contemporary silhouettes, which enrich the presentation of Andersens tales in a unique format, pairing one tale with one artist, and make this a fresh addition to childrens libraries as well as to adult art-book collections. In addition to the tales and illustrations, the compilation also contains a presentation of Andersens legacy, brief historical introductions to each fairy tale, and extended artists biographies in the appendix. Meant for the whole family, this precious edition shares the eternal magic of Andersens tales, celebrating his tender, heartfelt stories that have entered both our collective imagination and the literary canon.
The following 23 fairy tales are featured in the book:
The Princess and the Pea, The Nightingale, The Swineherd, The Old Man Is Always Right, The Little Mermaid, The Emperors New Clothes, The Darning Needle, Twelve by Mail, The Brave Tin Soldier, The Snow Queen, The Flea and the Professor, Thumbelina, The Sweethearts, Ole Shut-Eye, Five Peas in a Pod, The Ugly Duckling, Little Idas Flowers, The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep, The Flying Trunk, The Little Match Girl, The Tinderbox, The Pen and Inkstand, and The Farmyard Cock and the Weathercock
About the translator
Danish-born Jean Hersholt (1886-1956) was a Hollywood actor and radio star who dedicated years of his life to translating all of Andersens tales from the original Danish. His English translations were first published in 1942. He was also an avid collector of Andersen books, letters, and manuscripts, amassing the largest collection of Anderseniana in the United States, and eventually donating it to the Library of Congress, Washington, D. C.. Hersholts most famous acting roles were as Shirley Temples grandfather in the film Heidi (1937) and on the popular radio show Dr. Christian (1937-1954). The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award is presented at the Oscars.
About the Author
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Hans Christian Andersen was born on April 2, 1805 in Odense, Denmark, a day that has since become known as International Childrens Book Day. An only child with a voracious imagination and creative streak, Andersen was nurtured in his education by his father as well as several key sponsors. Andersen wrote novels, poems, and 168 tales, many of which have become international classics. By the end of his life, Andersens tales had made him famous, and he was deemed a “national treasure” by the Danish government.
TASCHEN editor Noel Daniel graduated from Princeton University, and studied in Berlin on a Fulbright Scholarship. She received a masters in London and was the director of a photography art gallery before becoming a book editor. Her TASCHEN books include The Circus 1870-1950 (2008), Magic 1400s-1950s (2009), and two illustrated volumes of fairy tales: The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm (2011) and The Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen (2013).
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