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Anthea Bell (1936–2018)

Author of The Nutcracker

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About the Author

Anthea Bell was born in Suffolk, United Kingdom on May 10, 1936. She was educated at Somerville College, Oxford. She worked as a translator, primarily from German and French. Her translations included works of non-fiction, literary and popular fiction, and books for young people. The first book she show more ever translated was Otfried Preussler's children's book The Little Water-Sprite. She also translated works by the Brothers Grimm, Clemens Brentano, Wilhelm Hauff, Christian Morgenstern, Stefan Zweig, Franz Kafka, Sigmund Freud, Cornelia Funke, and E. T. A. Hoffman. She received numerous translation prizes and awards including the 1987 Schlegel-Tieck Award for Hans Berman's The Stone and the Flute, the Marsh Award for Children's Literature in Translation for Christine Nöstlinger's A Dog's Life, the 2002 Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize for her translation of W.G. Sebald's novel Austerlitz, and the Oxford Weidenfeld Translation Prize in 2009 for How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone. She also received Germany's Verdienstkreuz in 2015 and was appointed OBE in 2010. She died on October 18, 2018 at the age of 82. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Works by Anthea Bell

Associated Works

Inkheart (2003) — Translator, some editions — 17,759 copies
Inkspell (2005) — Translator, some editions — 10,914 copies
The Castle (1925) — Translator, some editions — 8,259 copies
Inkdeath (2007) — Translator, some editions — 6,731 copies
Dragon Rider (1997) — Translator, some editions — 6,441 copies
Austerlitz (2001) — Translator, some editions — 4,089 copies
Chess Story (1943) — Translator, some editions — 3,960 copies
Ruby Red (2011) — Translator, some editions — 2,547 copies
The World of Yesterday (1944) — Translator, some editions — 2,537 copies
Asterix the Gaul (1961) — Translator, some editions — 2,497 copies
Three Bags Full (2005) — Translator, some editions — 2,439 copies
The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (1816) — Translator, some editions — 2,018 copies
Asterix in Britain (1961) — Translator, some editions — 1,998 copies
Asterix and Cleopatra (1965) — Translator, some editions — 1,987 copies
Nicholas (1959) — Translator, some editions — 1,968 copies
Asterix at the Olympic Games (1968) — Translator, some editions — 1,758 copies
Asterix and the Goths (1963) — Translator, some editions — 1,738 copies
Beware of Pity (1982) — Translator, some editions — 1,698 copies
Asterix and the Golden Sickle (1962) — Translator, some editions — 1,697 copies
Asterix the Gladiator (1964) — Translator, some editions — 1,670 copies
Igraine The Brave (1998) — Translator, some editions — 1,661 copies
Asterix the Legionary (1966) — Translator, some editions — 1,644 copies
Asterix and the Banquet (1963) — Translator, some editions — 1,587 copies
Asterix in Switzerland (1970) — Translator, some editions — 1,544 copies
Asterix in Spain (1969) — Translator, some editions — 1,522 copies
Asterix and the Big Fight (1964) — Translator, some editions — 1,518 copies
Asterix and the Normans (1966) — Translator, some editions — 1,498 copies
The Mansions of the Gods (1971) — Translator, some editions — 1,481 copies
Sapphire Blue (2010) — Translator, some editions — 1,477 copies
Asterix and the Roman Agent (1970) — Translator, some editions — 1,444 copies
The Psychopathology of Everyday Life (1901) — Translator, some editions — 1,430 copies
Asterix and the Chieftain's Shield (1967) — Translator, some editions — 1,418 copies
Asterix and the Cauldron (1969) — Translator, some editions — 1,405 copies
Asterix in Belgium (1979) — Translator, some editions — 1,393 copies
Asterix and the Laurel Wreath (1972) — Translator, some editions — 1,390 copies
Asterix and the Soothsayer (1972) — Translator, some editions — 1,389 copies
Obelix and Co. (1976) — Translator, some editions — 1,384 copies
Asterix in Corsica (1973) — Translator, some editions — 1,382 copies
Asterix and Caesar's Gift (1974) — Translator, some editions — 1,331 copies
The Satanic Mill (1971) — Translator, some editions — 1,317 copies
Emerald Green (2010) — Translator, some editions — 1,305 copies
Asterix and the Great Divide (1980) — Translator, some editions — 1,259 copies
Asterix and the Magic Carpet (1984) — Translator, some editions — 1,251 copies
Asterix and Son (1983) — Translator, some editions — 1,241 copies
Asterix and the Black Gold (1981) — Translator, some editions — 1,225 copies
Asterix and the Secret Weapon (1991) — Translator, some editions — 1,132 copies
On the Natural History of Destruction (1999) — Translator, some editions — 1,058 copies
Asterix and Obelix All at Sea (1996) — Translator, some editions — 1,056 copies
Asterix and the Actress (2001) — Translator, some editions — 1,054 copies
Asterix and the Falling Sky (2005) — Translator, some editions — 853 copies
Lisa and Lottie (1931) — Translator, some editions — 817 copies
The Nightingale (1843) — Translator, some editions — 803 copies
Thumbelina (1835) — Translator, some editions — 772 copies
Asterix and the Class Act (2003) — Translator, some editions — 764 copies
Nicholas on Vacation (1962) — Translator, some editions — 746 copies
The Blindness of the Heart (2007) — Translator, some editions — 726 copies
Confusion: The Private Papers of Privy Councillor R. von D. (1927) — Translator, some editions — 707 copies
Nicholas and the Gang (1963) — Translator, some editions — 694 copies
Hansel and Gretel (1812) — Translator, some editions — 691 copies
The Little Mermaid (1837) — Translator, some editions — 650 copies
Nicholas Again (1961) — Translator, some editions — 640 copies
The Late Monsieur Gallet (1931) — Translator, some editions — 632 copies
The Murder Farm (2008) — Translator, some editions — 617 copies
The Little Mermaid (Disney's Wonderful World of Reading) (1993) — Adapted by, some editions — 617 copies
The Baader-Meinhof Complex (1987) — Translator, some editions — 587 copies
Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver (1960) — Translator, some editions — 563 copies
The Little Witch (1957) — Translator, some editions — 558 copies
The Chess Machine (2005) — Translator, some editions — 555 copies
Until the Final Hour: Hitler's Last Secretary (2002) — Translator, some editions — 548 copies
A History of Food (1987) — Translator, some editions — 541 copies
Cinderella (1697) — Translator, some editions — 529 copies
The Princess Knight (2001) — Translator, some editions — 513 copies
In Times of Fading Light (2011) — Translator, some editions — 509 copies
Campo Santo (2003) — Translator, some editions — 504 copies
How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone (2008) — Translator, some editions — 501 copies
All for Nothing (2006) — Translator, some editions — 497 copies
The Collini Case (2011) — Translator, some editions — 490 copies
My Wish List (2012) — Translator, some editions — 486 copies
Journey into the Past (1929) — Translator, some editions — 486 copies
Fear (1935) — Translator, some editions — 481 copies
The Flying Classroom (1933) — Translator, some editions — 481 copies
The Stone and the Flute (1983) — Translator, some editions — 477 copies
How Obelix Fell into the Magic Potion When he was a Little Boy (1965) — Translator, some editions — 460 copies
Asterix - The Twelve Tasks of Asterix (1976) — Translator, some editions — 434 copies
Burning Secret (1913) — Translator, some editions — 423 copies
Nicholas in Trouble (1964) — Translator, some editions — 414 copies
Cécile is Dead (1942) — Translator, some editions — 401 copies
The Little Ghost (1966) — Translator, some editions — 381 copies
A Minute's Silence (2008) — Translator, some editions — 375 copies
Dot and Anton (1931) — Translator, some editions — 365 copies
Fantastic Night: Tales of Longing and Liberation (1991) — Translator, some editions — 361 copies
The Dark Side of Love (2004) — Translator, some editions — 319 copies
In My Brother's Shadow: A Life and Death in the SS (2003) — Translator, some editions — 312 copies
The Ludwig Conspiracy (2012) — Translator, some editions — 307 copies
The Princetta (2006) — Translator, some editions — 290 copies
Before the Feast (2014) — Translator, some editions — 281 copies
After Midnight (1937) — Translator, some editions — 279 copies
Conrad: The Factory-Made Boy (1975) — Translator, some editions — 274 copies
Town Musicians of Bremen (1819) — Translator, some editions — 268 copies
The Collected Stories of Stefan Zweig (2013) — Translator, some editions — 266 copies
The Snow Queen (1979) — some editions — 256 copies
Arcadia Awakens (2009) — Translator, some editions — 256 copies
Frog in Love (1989) — Translator, some editions — 254 copies
The Little Water-Sprite (1956) — Translator, some editions — 245 copies
Amok and Other Stories (1922) — Translator, some editions — 241 copies
The Girl Who Wasn't There (2014) — Translator, some editions — 235 copies
Winter Song (2006) — Translator, some editions — 235 copies
The Swineherd (1841) — Translator, some editions — 229 copies
10 Andersen Fairy Tales: Selected and Illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger (1991) — Translator, some editions — 220 copies
Rapunzel (1979) — Translator, some editions — 212 copies
Anne Frank: A Hidden Life (1992) — Translator, some editions — 204 copies
The Princess and the Pea (2010) — Translator, some editions — 202 copies
The Strawberry Picker (2003) — Translator, some editions — 197 copies
Asterix Versus Caesar: the book of the film (Book 29) (1985) — Translator, some editions — 195 copies
Tiger Moon (2006) — Translator, some editions — 193 copies
Berlin (2003) — Translator, some editions — 192 copies
Lost in Time (1998) — Translator, some editions — 182 copies
The Astrosmurf (1970) — Translator, some editions — 176 copies
The Calligrapher's Secret (2008) — Translator, some editions — 160 copies
Young Gerber (1930) — Translator, some editions — 159 copies
On Love and Death (2005) — Translator, some editions — 155 copies
An Exclusive Love: A Memoir (2009) — Translator, some editions — 153 copies
The Castle of Kings (2013) — Translator, some editions — 150 copies
Rain (1999) — Translator, some editions — 149 copies
Kismet (2001) — Translator, some editions — 141 copies
The Mercy Room (2003) — Translator, some editions — 141 copies
Little Hobbin (1970) — Translator, some editions — 127 copies
Dance of the assassins (2002) — Translator, some editions — 127 copies
The Little Mermaid [Chihiro Iwasaki] (1984) — Translator, some editions — 125 copies
The Golden Goose (1812) — Translator, some editions — 124 copies
Fort Navajo (1965) — Translator, some editions — 122 copies
Woman of the Dead (2014) — Translator, some editions — 122 copies
Eva's Cousin (Ballantine Reader's Circle) (2000) — Translator, some editions — 122 copies
Bambert's Book of Missing Stories (1998) — Translator, some editions — 121 copies
Arcadia Burns (2010) — Translator, some editions — 119 copies
The Winter of the Lions (2008) — Translator, some editions — 111 copies
Granny (1975) — Translator, some editions — 108 copies
Idioten. Fünf Märchen. (2003) — Translator, some editions — 107 copies
A Crime in the Family (2016) — Translator, some editions — 104 copies
The Boys from St. Petri (1600) — Translator, some editions — 99 copies
The Broken Goddess (1990) — Translator, some editions — 96 copies
The Ugly Duckling (Robert Ingpen) (2005) — Translator, some editions — 95 copies
The Elves of Cologne (1910) — Translator, some editions — 95 copies
The Famous Five and the Stately Homes Gang (1972) — Translator, some editions — 94 copies
Next World Novella (2009) — Translator, some editions — 91 copies
The Snowman (1981) — Translator, some editions — 91 copies
Cabo de Gata (2013) — Translator, some editions — 88 copies
The Adventures of a Bed Salesman (2000) — Translator, some editions — 86 copies
Arcadia Falls (2011) — Translator, some editions — 84 copies
The Glory of Life (2011) — Translator, some editions — 82 copies
Dragons of Darkness (2008) — Translator, some editions — 81 copies
The First Thing You See (2013) — Translator, some editions — 80 copies
Devil's Tango (The Devil's Dances Trilogy) (2003) — Translator, some editions — 78 copies
Back to Back (2011) — Translator, some editions — 78 copies
The Society of the Crossed Keys (2014) — Translator — 76 copies
West (2003) — Translator, some editions — 76 copies
The Indies Enterprise (2010) — Translator, some editions — 75 copies
Shooting Stars: Ten Historical Miniatures (1600) — Translator, some editions — 75 copies
Hotzenplotz 3 (1973) — Translator, some editions — 72 copies
I Don't Want to Be Inside Me Anymore: Messages from an Autistic Mind (1993) — Translator, some editions — 69 copies
Light in a Dark House (2011) — Translator, some editions — 68 copies
The Famous Five Versus the Black Mask (1974) — Translator, some editions — 67 copies
The Sweetness of Life (2012) — Translator, some editions — 66 copies
Brother Kemal (2012) — Translator, some editions — 65 copies
Augustus: The Biography (1998) — Translator, some editions — 64 copies
Chez Max (2006) — Translator, some editions — 62 copies
Selected Stories (2009) — Translator, some editions — 61 copies
The Famous Five and the Secret of the Caves (1976) — Translator, some editions — 61 copies
Black Ice (1982) — Translator, some editions — 56 copies
Twilight & Moonbeam Alley (2005) — Translator, some editions — 51 copies
Dreaming in Black & White (1999) — Translator, some editions — 50 copies
The Famous Five and the Hijackers (1975) — Translator, some editions — 49 copies
The Strange Child (1976) — Translator, some editions — 48 copies
Agatha Christie and Archaeology (1999) — Translator, some editions — 47 copies
The English Years (1999) — Translator, some editions — 44 copies
The Merry Pranks of Till Eulenspiegel (1990) — Translator, some editions — 40 copies
Love Today: Stories (2007) — Translator, some editions — 39 copies
Genius and Discovery: Five Historical Miniatures (2016) — Translator, some editions — 38 copies
Bugs in a Blanket (2000) — Translator, some editions — 38 copies
The Legend of Rosepetal (1985) — Translator, some editions — 38 copies
The Governess and Other Stories (2010) — Translator, some editions — 38 copies
Bach (1993) — Translator, some editions — 38 copies
Triumph and Disaster: Five Historical Miniatures (2016) — Translator, some editions — 37 copies
The Dark Meadow (2012) — Translator, some editions — 35 copies
Lullabies, Lyrics and Gallows Songs (1993) — Translator, some editions — 35 copies
Tales from the Brothers Grimm: Selected and Illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger (2012) — Translator, some editions — 33 copies
Albert and Lila (1999) — Translator, some editions — 32 copies
Fatima and the Dream Thief (1996) — Translator, some editions — 32 copies
The Pied Piper of Hamelin (1984) — Translator, some editions — 31 copies
So Long, Grandpa (1977) — Translator, some editions — 30 copies
Now Let's Dance (2016) — Translator, some editions — 27 copies
Paper Kisses: A True Love Story (1996) — Translator, some editions — 26 copies
Winters in the South (2008) — Translator, some editions — 25 copies
The Six Servants (1996) — Translator — 25 copies
The Seven and the Lion Hunt (Knight Books) (1983) — Translator, some editions — 23 copies
The Nutcracker and The Strange Child (2010) — Translator, some editions — 23 copies
Adventures of Asterix: Omnibus (1961) — Translator, some editions — 22 copies
The Porridge Pot (2007) — Preface, some editions — 22 copies
Rapunzel and Other Magic Fairy Tales (2004) — Translator, some editions — 22 copies
Der Schnabelsteher (1995) — Translator, some editions — 21 copies
The Stronger Sex (2011) — Translator, some editions — 18 copies
David's Revenge (2009) — Translator, some editions — 16 copies
Descartes' Devil: Three Meditations (2008) — Translator, some editions — 15 copies
The Old House (1984) — Translator, some editions — 15 copies
Seven Houses: My Life With Books (1976) — Translator, some editions — 14 copies
Snow White and the Seven Dwarves [Chihiro Iwasaki] (1991) — Translator, some editions — 14 copies
Romeo and Smurfette: and 12 other Smurfy Stories (Smurf Adventures) (1979) — Translator, some editions — 13 copies
The Seven Go Haunting (1982) — Translator, some editions — 13 copies
Dogmatix and the Ugly Little Eagle (1982) — Translator, some editions — 12 copies
The Philosopher of Auschwitz: Jean Améry and Living with the Holocaust (2004) — Translator, some editions — 12 copies
The Seven to the Rescue (Knight Books) (1989) — Translator, some editions — 11 copies
The Little Match Girl (2005) — Translator, some editions — 11 copies
Reynard the Fox (2012) — Translator, some editions — 10 copies
Fairy Tales of Ludwig Bechstein (1966) — Translator, some editions — 10 copies
Comparative Children's Literature (2005) — Translator, some editions — 9 copies
Seven and the Magician (Knight Books) (1977) — Translator, some editions — 9 copies
The Seven and the U.F.O.'s (Knight Books) (1995) — Translator, some editions — 8 copies
Seven Strike Gold (Knight Books) (1984) — Translator, some editions — 8 copies
Aesop's Fables (1994) — Translator, some editions — 8 copies
The Dog and the Horse (1980) — Translator — 7 copies
The Dream Tree (A North-South picture book) (1987) — Translator, some editions — 7 copies
The Seven on Screen (1994) — Translator, some editions — 7 copies
Seven and the Racing Driver (Knight Books) (1987) — Translator, some editions — 5 copies
Zoo im ersten Stock. (1966) — Translator, some editions — 5 copies
Asterix and Son (Bk.1) (Headway Books) (1990) — Translator — 2 copies

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Birthdate
1936-05-10
Date of death
2018-10-18
Gender
female
Nationality
UK
Birthplace
Sudbury, Suffolk, England, UK
Place of death
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, UK
Places of residence
Bournemouth, Dorset, England, UK
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, UK
Education
University of Oxford (Somerville College) (English)
Occupations
translator
Relationships
Bell, Martin (brother)
Bell, Adrian (father)
Kamm, Oliver (son)
Awards and honors
Order of the British Empire (Officer, 2010)
Disambiguation notice
Please do not combine this page with any of the authors translated by Ms. Bell. Thank you.

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Summary: This story is very similar to our Americanized version of Cinderella, but this one is a Russian folktale. It's about a young girl named Vasilisa who's mother died and gave her a magical doll to watch over her. When Vasilisa's father remarries an evil woman, she also inherits two evil step sisters. They make Vasilisa go into the forest to retrieve something from the scary witch, Baba Yaga, who is known for eating anyone she pleases. Thankfully, Vasilisa's doll succeeds in keeping her safe and once she passes all of Baba Yaga's tests, she is set free and has a happy ending.

Critique of Genre: Folktale because there's the all evil characters (step mother and sisters) and the pure/good character (Vasilisa), who gets her happy ending or "reward" at the end by finding true love and being free of her stepmother and step siblings.

Age: Intermediate (Might be too scary for younger kids)

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aschoenberg12 | Mar 22, 2017 |
This story of Jack and the Beanstalk is retelling of the classic fairytale. Jack must sell his cow because his mother has no more money and the cow doesn't produce any milk. When he goes to sell the cow, he gets tricked into trading the cow for five magic beans. Jack's mom is furious with him and she throws the beans outside. However, the beans are magical and a giant beanstalk grows outside the house. Jack climbs the beanstalk and meets an ogre's wife who warns him of the dangerous ogre. Jack ignores her warning and instead tricks the couple and takes the gold coins for his mother. Jack does this a few times and each time he doesn't get caught. The last time he goes up the beanstalk, the ogre catches Jack as he is taking the harp and chases after him. Jack, with the help of his mother, chops the beanstalk with an axe and he and his mother live a very rich and happy life. The author uses rhyming, puns, imagery, and exaggeration to tell the story. The theme of the story is how one can outsmart another. In the beginning, the man outsmarts Jack when he trades the cow for the beans. Then Jack outsmarts the ogre and gets his golden coins, hen, and harp. Another theme is good vs evil. Jack would be considered the good character while the ogre is considered bad since he likes to kill and eat little boys. The story shows how good always wins in the end.… (more)
 
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mamontgomery | Feb 16, 2016 |
When a king gives one of his ministers an impossible task to complete, the minister's clever daughter helps him to find a solution, winning the admiration, and eventually the love, of their ruler. Although she promises, when she and the king marry, that she will not interfere with her husband's legal decisions, the wise young queen finds herself doing just that, after a young boy is unjustly deprived of his calf. Having angered her husband, the queen is condemned to exile, although she does convince her angry spouse to allow her to take the thing "she loves most" with her...

Simply told by prolific translator Anthea Bell, and beautifully illustrated by Chihiro Iwasaki - one of Japan's most beloved picture-book artists - The Wise Queen is an entertaining tale in which wisdom triumphs over resentment and small-minded jealousy. I enjoyed it immensely, although I was irritated at its description as a "European" tale. Having ranted about those books in which "folktales" are described as "Indian" or "Native American," with no further information given - as if the diverse folk traditions of an entire continent could somehow be collapsed into one undifferentiated whole - I find myself as unsympathetic to the same carelessness (somewhat less common, I think) in the retelling of European folklore. There is a brief note at the front, mentioning that this version was collected by Moses Gaster. Should I therefore assume that it is either Jewish or Romanian? If so, why not just say so, and mention that there are many other European variants?

Four stars for the tale itself, and for the lovely watercolor artwork. The odd (non)classification issue might have merited a deduction of one star, but I decided to be generous, since some information as to source was provided.
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AbigailAdams26 | 1 other review | Apr 30, 2013 |
This is a story about a minister's daughter that is very smart and good at solving brain teasers. She is married to the king and agrees to not meddle in his affairs. But one day she does, in trying to help a boy get his calf back. When the king finds out he tells her she has to leave his palace. The woman makes two requests, including a feast and the ability to take one thing out of the castle that she loved the most. She actually ended up taking the king himself. When the king realized how much she loved him along with how smart she was, in her ability to trick even him, he let her come back to the palace. The king let her help him in all his future affairs anf they lived happily ever after. I enjoyed this story and I think kids will too.… (more)
 
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