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Fairy Tales

Hans Christian Andersen, Tiina Nunnally (Translator)

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ISBN 10: 0670033774 / ISBN 13: 9780670033775
Published by Viking Adult, 2005
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Title: Fairy Tales

Publisher: Viking Adult

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

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A gawky, dreamy boy, Hans Christian Andersen grew up to become a profoundly imaginative writer and storyteller who revolutionized literature for children. Andersen gave us the now standard versions of some traditional folk tales as well as original stories that have enchanted generations of readers. To commemorate the bicentennial of his birth, Viking will publish a new translation of thirty of his extraordinary tales, illustrated with Andersen’s own paper cuts. From the exuberant early stories such as "The Tinderbox" and "The Emperor’s New Clothes" through poignant masterpieces such as "The Little Mermaid" and "The Ugly Duckling," to darker, more subversive later tales written for adults, the stories here are endlessly experimental, humorous and irreverent, sorrowful and strange. Tiina Nunnally’s sparkling new translation captures—for the first time in English—the vibrancy of Andersen’s voice. Compiled by Andersen’s biographer Jackie Wullschlager, who also contributes notes and a captivating introduction, this volume will be a major literary event that will dazzle readers young and old.

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"Hans Christian Andersen is one of the canonical storytellers of the nineteenth century, equally disturbing and delighting for adults as for children. There have been some capable versions available in English, but Tiina Nunnally's seems to me the best. Jackie Wullschlager's introduction will be of enormous value to the reader."
-Harold Bloom

"Tiina Nunnally's new versions of the tales amount to a recuperation of Andersen, in all his strangeness, darkness and comic subversiveness--and Jackie Wullschlager's introduction is invaluable."
-John Banville

"A most welcome new edition. Tiina Nunnally's excellent translation brings the stories to life, while Jackie Wullschlager's scholarly introduction serves as an enlightening complement to the text. I much enjoyed revisiting these seminal tales."
-Penelope Lively

"Jackie Wullschlager's introduction and Tiina Nunnally's translation both succeed admirably in catching the wonderful mixture of tradition-hallowed simplicity and eerie originality that are characteristic of Hans Christian Andersen and his stories."
-Robert Irwin

"Children, prepare yourselves to be delighted. Adults, you are at the mercy of a compelling master storyteller whose gifts are a sweeping imagination, the sorcery of language, and whose tales will leave you amused, joyful, charmed, sometimes perplexed, but most of all, pondering. Don't be surprised if the veiled character studies reveal yourselves, or if bizarre happenings offer a truth you need to know. Through Tiina Nunnally's fresh and sensitive translation, the imagery and subtleties of Andersen's prose shine."
-Susan Vreeland

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