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The Annotated Hans Christian Andersen (The Annotated Books) Hardcover – November 17, 2007
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This annotated volume not only allows the reader a fresh view of some famous stories, it also makes the enormously complex original author much more comprehensible and even more likeable.
Putting the collection in context, the Introduction, "Denmark's Perfect Wizard", speaks to Anderson's genius, a Dane born over 200 years ago. Anderson tackles provocative subjects: compassion ("The Little Match Girl"); hypocrisy ("The Emperor's New Clothes"); and the necessity of hope ("The Ugly Duckling"). Sparking imagination through the texture and color of language, darker issues are dressed in sparkling prose and brilliant hue ("a purple flower with light streaming from its calyx"). It is such language that draws young and old into the world of the fairy tale, subtle lessons on the vagaries of human behavior and the undiluted power of storytelling as a means of universal communication.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought it for class, but its one of few "textbooks" I will make a point of keeping. Great analysis and introductions for each tale and thoughtfully put together.Published 3 months ago by Virginia
Great book. Well wort the price, at any price. This is a great book.Published 3 months ago by mark moloney
Bought this book for my daughter who has several from the series. I have NEVER been disappointed with any of them, this one was no exception. Read morePublished 4 months ago by nlgay53
Maria Tatar Annotated Hans Christian Andersen (Norton Critical Editions)
As almost all Amazon reviews say, this is very good. Read more
This is excellent for an adult. Children just don't understand the old fairy tales generally. They have grown up with Disney happy endings.Published 13 months ago by Banana!