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Andersen's Fairy Tales (1872)

by Hans Christian Andersen

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Judging from the modern-day way of portraying fairy tales in movies and book retellings, I had assumed they were nearly always dark and full of violence if they were original. Though I also knew that Anderson’s tales have inspired many a classic Disney film (more on that in a minute). But Hans Anderson’s tales actually are not, of course, very dark at all, with almost no violence. True, some do not end happily, even some we think we know pretty well - e.g. the Little Mermaid does not in fact get her prince, but he marries someone else and the little mermaid dies. Some are highly moral while others are completely amoral, like Big Klaus and Little Klaus, where the most successful liar gets all the riches while the equally greedy but more gullible man dies. Most of the stories made lovely bedtime reading for me, it’s been my nightstand book for a few weeks. The stories stray so utterly into the realm of fancy that they are as unpredictable as a dream. Anything can happen, and does. I liked that, especially just before sleep.

I think modern-day Disney needs to do some neoclassical stories and go back to Anderson again. Why, for example, have they not done a story on The Snow Queen? Okay, I just googled it and see that Hallmark, of all things, have done one. But it has all the Disney elements - boy and girl BFFs, an evil spell, the capture of the boy by the Snow Queen (shades of Narnia) - then an epic journey through strange and dangerous lands undertaken by the girl to find him (#Feminism!) resulting in the final showdown in the Snow Queen’s castle… and then they are back home again, all grown up and soon to be married. I mean, what is Disney thinking? It’s ready-made!

All in all, these were fun. I’m ready for the less sunny ones now, and the Brothers Grimm are waiting for me.
2 vote ChocolateMuse | Jul 20, 2017 |
Rated: B+
Wonderful tales told with a child-like perspective. Many of Disney's classics owe a debt to Andersen. ( )
  jmcdbooks | Jan 26, 2016 |
This book was published in 1890

Material Type: Juvenile audience
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: H C Andersen
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OCLC Number: 28767462
Notes: "Life of Andersen"--P. 2-8.
Description: 112 p. : ill., port. ; 25 cm.
Series Title: 235 young folks classics series
Other Titles: Tales. ( )
  Eulaconwell | May 14, 2014 |
There were several in this collection of 18 of Andersen's fairy tales talesthat I was unfamiliar with, while others were old friends. ( )
  leslie.98 | Oct 18, 2013 |
Six-word review, nth reread of 1923 edition:

Beloved childhood treasure still enchants me. ( )
  Meredy | Sep 4, 2013 |
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Hans Christian Andersenprimary authorall editionscalculated
Attwell, Mabel LucieIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Carse, A. DuncanIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nielsen, KayIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Paulsen, ValdemarTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Winter, MiloIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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A soldier came marching along the road, left, right, left, right. (from “The Tinder Box”)
Far out at sea the water is as blue as the bluest cornflower, and as clear as the clearest crystal; but it is very deep, too deep for any cable to fathom, and if many steeples were piled on top of one another they would not reach from the bed of the sea to the surface of the water.
No one in the whole world knows so many stories as Ole Lukoie!
A soldier came marching along the highway: One, two! One, two!
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A collection of sixteen fairy-tales from Hans Christian Andersen, including: The Tinder-Box / Great Claus and Little Claus / The Real Princess / The Hardy Tin Soldier / The Flying Trunk / Ole Luk-Oie / The Swineherd / The Nightingale / The Snow Queen / The Red Shoes / The Shepherdess and the Chimney-Sweep / The Shadow / The Shirt Collar / The Botttle-Neck / The Elder Tree Mother / The Story of a Mother.
This collection includes
  • "The mermaid"
  • "The red shoes"
  • "The swineherd"
This collection includes:
  • "The red shoes"
  • "The Snow Queen"
  • "The steadfast tin soldier"
  • "The tinder box"
This collection contains:

  1. The garden of paradise
  2. Little tiny
    [a.k.a. "Thumbelina"]
  3. The fir tree
  4. The storks
  5. Little Ida's flowers
  6. The red shoes
  7. The ugly duckling
  8. The girl who trod on a loaf
  9. The bottle neck
  10. The snow queen
  11. The marsh king's daughter
  12. The wild swans
  13. Great Claus and Little Claus
  14. The shepherdess and the sweep
  15. The bell
  16. The angel
  17. The nightingale
  18. Holger the Dane
  19. The Emperor's new clothes
  20. The steadfast tin soldier
  21. The little match girl
  22. The swineherd
  23. Elder-tree mother
  24. Hans Clodhopper
  25. The Princess and the pea
  26. What the good man does is always right
  27. The roses and the sparrows
  28. The old street lamp
  29. The tinder box
This collection contains:

  1. The garden of paradise

  2. Little tiny

  3. The fir tree

  4. The storks
  5. Little Ida's flowers

  6. The red shoes

  7. The ugly duckling

  8. The girl who trod on a loaf

  9. The bottle neck

  10. The snow queen

  11. The marsh king's daughter
  12. The wild swans

  13. Great Claus and Little Claus

  14. The shepherdess and the sweep

  15. The bell

  16. The angel

  17. The nightingale

  18. Holger the Dane

  19. The Emperor's new clothes

  20. The steadfast tin soldier

  21. The little match girl

  22. The swineherd

  23. Elder-tree mother
  24. Hans Clodhopper

  25. The Princess and the pea

  26. What the good man does is always right

  27. The roses and the sparrows

  28. The old street lamp

  29. The tinder box
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A collection of sixty-four fairy tales, including a translation by Compass Languages of "The Tallow Candle," written by Andersen early in his career but only recently discovered, and such classics as "Thumbelina" and "The Little Mermaid," as translated by Jean Hersholt.… (more)

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