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The Stories of Hans Christian Andersen: A New Translation from the Danish Hardcover – November 6, 2003

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ISBN-13: 004-6442224567 ISBN-10: 0618224564 Edition: 2nd

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"This is the real Andersen, restored to life, in the flavor of Danish. . .here at last you will find him." --Garrison Keillor

"The Franks’ edition finally sets the stories straight and . . . clarifies the tale most often told wrong—Andersen’s own life story." --Elise Soukup Newsweek

"Adults and children alike need the actual Andersen, here made brilliantly available by the Franks." --Harold Bloom, editor of Stories and Poems for Extremely Intelligent Children of All Ages.

"A beautiful new translation." Vogue

"[The Franks] have stripped away the florid Victorianism of the previous translations...[and] have widened the scope of Andersen's oeuvre." --Heather Caldwell, Bookforum

"A superb book of Andersen's tales . . . it will be difficult for other commemorative editions to match this publication.” --Jack Zipes Minneapolis Star-Tribune

"This beautiful and useful volume combines new translations of the canonical stories with some of the original illustrations." The New York Times Book Review

About the Author

Jeffrey Frank is a senior editor at the New Yorker and was formerly an editor at the Washington Post and the Washington Star. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, Diana.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 2nd edition (November 6, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618224564
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618224562
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,565,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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77 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Jill A. Bossert on November 29, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The presentation of this book is superb; it is beautifully designed and produced, with charming illustrations that are especially apt, as they were executed by Andersen's contemporaries.

The admirable introduction places Andersen in the context of his time, and for American readers, links him to this country in a fresh way. A perfect length, the introduction provides the kind of information that makes one eager to get to the stories, yet it is not so detailed that, as too often happens with the more long-winded variety, it is skipped. Don't skip it, for it serves as an important guide to the stories, noting Andersen's adult concerns and anxieties imbedded beneath the surface of the tales, which remain wonderful out-loud reading for small fry.
The stories themselves are a revelation--dispelling the prejudices engendered by Danny Kaye and Disney. Stories taken for granted are new and impeccably rendered in this translation. (Even the notes are great--and should be read before the stories, filled as they are with fascinating information. Also, they're conveniently placed at the end of each story, yet the pages are not sullied by superscript numbers.)
This is a perfect gift, but be sure to keep one for yourself.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Linda Owen on September 1, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Having recently visited Odense, Denmark, with a tour guide who is a true Andersen expert, I was eager to take her suggestion that I find a more authentic translation of Andersen's work than is generally available. This book provides just what she recommended. Its short biogrqphical sketch of the man presents the REAL H.C. Andersen accurately, according to what I learned about him in Denmark, & the stories themselves are not "cleaned up" but are direct translations. I especially appreciate insights provided in the Notes at the end of each tale. They give the reader an even deeper look into the complex, fascinating man. This is not your Danny Kaye's H.C. Andersen !!
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Format: Paperback
Everyone knows the stories of the Little Mermaid and the Ugly Duckling, but I found that I knew very little of Andersen's other stories and nothing at all about the man himself. This volume provided new translations that are true to the original Danish in which Andersen wrote, along with notes on each story explaining certain phrases and usages as they applied in the author's time. To me, this brought the stories to life in the manner intended by Andersen.

Also included is an introduction giving insight into this talented storyteller's personal story and how it impacted his writing. Vain, but at the same time humble, desperate for public acknowledgement of his gift and always craving the attention of royalty and celebrities of the time, Andersen's stories are often taken from his own experiences and perceived slights. More than fairy tales, these are parables of life in 19th century Denmark and Europe, complete with moralistic lessons tacked onto the end.

Some of the stories seemed quite odd to me, but the notes at the end helped me understand why people would be drawn to them and how they reflected the thinking of the time. Altogether a fascinating volume of folk tales that every reader can enjoy.
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By Brent Seger on January 24, 2015
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A beautifully composed book. Many nice black-and-white illustrations. Faithful and readable translation.
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12 of 88 people found the following review helpful By Lori on November 29, 2004
Format: Hardcover
What a shame! The book IS beautiful. I had hoped to give it as a gift to my 5 year old, but the biographical notes are much too sexually explicit.
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