HANS ANDERSEN'S FAIRY TALES - HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN
HANS ANDERSEN'S FAIRY TALES - HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN
Hans Christian Andersen (/ˈændərsən/ AN-dər-sən, Danish: [ˈhænˀs ˈkʰʁestjæn ˈɑnɐsn̩] (listen); 2 April 1805 – 4 August 1875) was a Danish author. Although a prolific writer of plays, travelogues, novels, and poems, he is best remembered for his literary fairy tales.
Andersen's fairy tales, consisting of 156 stories across nine volumes and translated into more than 125 languages, have become culturally embedded in the West's collective consciousness, readily accessible to children but presenting lessons of virtue and resilience in the face of adversity for mature readers as well. His most famous fairy tales include "The Emperor's New Clothes", "The Little Mermaid", "The Nightingale", "The Steadfast Tin Soldier", "The Red Shoes", "The Princess and the Pea", "The Snow Queen", "The Ugly Duckling", "The Little Match Girl", and "Thumbelina". His stories have inspired ballets, plays, and animated and live-action films.
It may be somewhat surprising to learn that a number of Andersen’s tales were published in America even before being published in Andersen’s native Denmark. According to Jean Hersholt’s introduction to The Andersen-Scudder Letters, University of California Press, 1949, ten tales were published by Horace Elisha Scudder, Andersen’s American editor, publisher and translator, in the above mentioned Magazine, in the years 1868-1870. After the Magazine closed down, Scudder published four other tales, in the years 1871-1873, in Scribner’s Monthly, an illustrated magazine for the people: “Lucky Peer” (in four installments), “The Great Sea-Serpent”, “The Gardener and the Manor”, and “The Flea and the Professor”. The hypertext of these four tales is based on the images found in the Making of America collection of Cornell University Library.
127 more tales are given in a hypertext rendition of Mrs. Paull’s nineteenth century translation, now in the public domain. Four more tales, contributed by Mike W. Perry and marked by a (*), are digitized from Fairy Tales and Other Stories by Hans Christian Andersen, revised and partly re-translated by W.A. and J. K. Craigie, Oxford Univ. Press, London, 1914. Mike also contributed the three tales marked by (**), from Wonder Stories Told for Children, Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1900. The remaining 29 tales are given in title only, using Jean Hersholt’s translation, published in three volumes in 1942-49 by The Heritage Press, and now collectors’ items.
The 30 most popular tales are marked by a . 30 more tales, which Elias Bredsdorff, in his book Hans Christian Andersen: The Story of His Life and Work: 1805-75, published in 1975 by Phaidon Press and republished in 1994 by Noonday Press, considers most characteristic and representative, are marked by a . All these tales, and the 99 marked by a may be found in the book The Complete Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales, edited by Lily Owens, published in 1981 by Avenel Books and republished in 1993 by Grammercy Books.
Highly recommended contemporary translations of Andersen’s tales may be found in the following omnibus editions: Hans Christian Andersen: The Complete Fairy Tales and Stories, translated by Erik Christian Haugaard (1974, 156 tales); Eighty Fairy Tales, translated by R. P. Keigwin (1976, 80 tales); Hans Christian Andersen: Fairy Tales, translated by Reginald Spink (1960, 51 tales); Andersen’s Fairy Tales, translated by Pat Shaw Iversen (1966, 47 tales); Tales and Stories by Hans Christian Andersen, translated by Patricia L. Conroy and Sven Hakon Rossel (1980, 27 tales); Hans Andersen’s Fairy Tales: A Selection, translated by L. W. Kinsland (1959, 26 tales); The Stories of Hans Christian Andersen : A New Translation from the Danish, translated by Jeffrey Frank and Diana Crone Frank (2003, 22 tales).
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