Synopses & Reviews
Translated by Erik Hougaard, this is the only version available in trade paperback that presents the fairy tales exactly as Andersen collected them in the original Danish edition in 1874. His notes accompany the text.
This definitive collection of work from Hans Christian Andersen one of the immortals of world literature not only includes his own notes to his stories but is the only version available in trade paperback that presents Andersen's fairy tales exactly as he collected them in the original Danish edition of 1874. Recognizing the literary merit of Andersen's own simple colloquial language, which Victorian translators and their imitators very often altered to sentimentalize or vulgarize, translator Erik Haugaard has remained faithful to the original text.
The fairy tales Hans Christian Andersen wrote, such as "The Snow Queen," "The Ugly Duckling," "The Red Shoes," and "The Nightingale," are remarkable for their sense of fantasy, power of description, and acute sensitivity, and they are like no others written before or since. Unlike the Brothers Grimm, who collected and retold folklore, Andersen adopted the most ancient literary forms of the fairy tale and the folktale and distilled them into a genre that was uniquely his own."
Table of Contents
Tinderbox -- Little Claus and big Claus -- Princess and the pea -- Little Ida's flowers -- Inchelina -- Naughty boy -- Travelling companion -- Little mermaid -- Emporor's new clothes -- Magic galoshes -- Daisy -- Steadfast tin soldier -- Wild swans -- Garden of eden -- Flying trunk -- Storks -- Bronze pig -- Pact of friendship -- Rose from Homer's grave -- Sandman -- Rose elf -- Swineherd -- Buckwheat -- Angel -- Nightingale -- Sweethearts -- Ugly duckling -- Pine tree -- Snow quenn -- Mother Elderberry -- Darning needle -- Bell -- Grandmother -- Hill of the elves -- Red shoes -- Jumping competition -- Shepherdess and the chimney sweep -- Holger the dane -- Little match girl -- From the ramparts of the citadel -- From a window in Vartov -- Old street lamp -- Neighbors -- Little truck.