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Available November 2013
The Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersenby Hans Christian Andersen
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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. The book contains a sparkling and unexpected selection of beautiful artwork from the 1900s to the 1980s by legends of fantasy — the deeply influential Kay Nielsen and beloved Arthur Rackham, the distinctive talents of Swedish luminary Einar Nerman and the revered Czech visionary Josef Palecek, the eccentric Tom Seidmann-Freud (niece of Sigmund Freud), and the groundbreaking film animator Lotte Reiniger, as well as exciting, newly discovered talents. It also features historic and contemporary silhouettes, which enrich the presentation of Andersens tales in a one-of-a-kind format and make this a fresh addition to childrens libraries as well as adult art book collections. In addition to the tales and illustrations, the compilation also contains an introduction to Andersens legacy, brief historical introductions to each fairy tale, and extended artists biographies in the appendix. For adults and children alike, this lovingly researched and designed edition shares the eternal magic of Andersens tales, celebrating these tender, heartfelt stories that have entered both our collective imagination and literary cannon.
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 Lukoie, 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
The translator Jean Hersholt (1886-1956) was a Danish-born actor whose Hollywood and radio careers flourished in the 1920s through 1950s. He was also an avid collector of Hans Christian Andersen books, which now reside in the Library of Congress, and he dedicated years of his life to translating all 168 of Andersens tales from the original Danish, which were first published in 1942 and which is considered one of the finest English translations. One of Hersholts most famous roles was as Shirley Temples grandfather in the 1937 film Heidi. The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award is presented each year at the Oscars.
About the Author
The Author -
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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