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Synopsis: Danish poet and novelist Hans Christian Andersen is best known for the dozens of fairy tales he wrote.
From the Back Cover: Danish poet and novelist Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) is best known for the tragic and gruesome fairy tales he wrote, including "The Emperor's New Clothes," "The Little Match-Seller," "The Little Mermaid," "The Princess and the Pea," "The Shepherdess and the Chimney-Sweep," "The Snow Queen," "The Staunch Tin Soldier," "The Ugly Duckling," "The Wild Swans," and "Thumbelina." In this genre, his sense of fantasy, descriptive power, and acute sensitivity found the medium of expression that was to immortalize his genius.
Autobiography was an obsession for Andersen. At age 25, he embarked on a trip, and left instructions for the publication of his first autobiographical sketch should he fail to return alive. In 1855, at age 50, he wrote his first official autobiography; in 1863, he continued his life story.
By turns vain and humble, bitter and celebratory, this self-portrait gives ample evidence of his extraordinary gifts as a storyteller, as he depicts the poverty of his provincial childhood; his wide travels, from Portugal to Turkey; his friendships and lively encounters with Kierkegaard, Dickens, Hugo, the Brothers Grimm, Balzac, and Liszt; and the international celebrity of his later years. His autobiography also provides insights into the sources of many of his most famous tales. This highly readable and revealing account of the inner and public life of a literary genius will appeal to anyone who ever delighted in Andersen's fairy tales.
Title: The Fairy Tale of My Life: An Autobiography
Publisher: Paddington Press, Ltd.
Publication Date: 1975
Book Condition: Used: Good
Book Description Paddington Press, Limited. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Ex-Library Book - will contain Library Markings. Book has some visible wear on the binding, cover, pages. Bookseller Inventory # G0846700743I3N10
Book Description Paddington Press, Ltd., 1975. Book Condition: Good. Facsimile of 1871 ed. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP2632827
Book Description Paddington Press, Ltd., 1975. Book Condition: Good. Facsimile of 1871 ed. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP12744809
Book Description Paddington Press, Ltd., 1975. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Tight, bright and free of inscriptions. No dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 103834
Book Description Paddington Press, 1975. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good+. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+. Hardcover in jacket. About a dozen pages with ink underlining in text. Bookseller Inventory # 25019
Book Description Paddington, NY, 1975. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Fine. Reprint. A very fine copy. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 009492
Book Description Paddington Press, NY, 1975. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Frontis (illustrator). 569 clean, unmarked pages; dj w/unclipped pages; ownr;s name neatly iked out; 1st thus reprint of the 1868 original Size: 8 vo. Bookseller Inventory # 053980
Book Description Book Condition: Good. The Fairy Tale of My Life: An Autobiography. Bookseller Inventory # SKU0450052
Book Description Hardback. Book Condition: Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. Bookseller Inventory # GOR004247203
Book Description Hardback. Book Condition: Fair. A readable copy of the book which may include some defects such as highlighting and notes. Cover and pages may be creased and show discolouration. Bookseller Inventory # GOR003508696