The Stories of Hans Christian Andersen: A New Translation from the Danish

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Duke University Press, Jan 1, 2009 - Fiction - 304 pages
On the bicentennial of Hans Christian Andersen’s birth, this collection takes Andersen out of the nursery and places him squarely in the literary pantheon. While Andersen’s tales continue to seize the imagination with their singular blend of simplicity, eccentricity, and charm, English-language readers have until now had to content themselves with inaccurate retellings and inadequate translations. Diana Crone Frank, a Danish novelist and linguist, and Jeffrey Frank, a novelist and editor at the New Yorker, offer a much-needed modern translation.

In this collection are twenty-two tales that best represent Andersen’s literary legacy, including such classics as “The Little Mermaid,” “The Ugly Duckling,” “Thumbelisa,” and “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” as well as largely unfamiliar stories like “By the Outermost Sea.” Illuminating notes clarify references in the tales. And in an introductory essay, the Franks explore the writer and his times, placing the enigmatic and often bizarre figure of Andersen among his literary contemporaries, such as Charles Dickens and Søren Kierkegaard, with whom he crossed paths; and they bring to life Andersen’s fascinating relationship with the United States. Illustrated with the delicate and beautiful drawings that accompanied the original Danish publication, The Stories of Hans Christian Andersen will delight readers of all ages.

 

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Contents

The Real H C Andersen
1
The Tinderbox Fyrtøjet 1835
39
Little Claus and Big Claus Lille Claus og store Claus 1835
47
The Princess on the Pea Prinsessen paa Ærten 1835
61
Thumbelisa Tommelise 1835
64
The Little Mermaid Den lille Havfrue 1837
78
The Emperors New Clothes Kejserens nye Klæder 1837
105
The Wild Swans De vilde Svaner 1838
111
The Little Match Girl Den lille Pige med Svovlstikkerne 1845
215
The Happy Family Den lykkelige Familie 1847
220
The Shadow Skyggen 1847
225
By the Outermost Sea Ved det yderste Hav 1855
240
Hopeless Hans KlodsHans 1855
244
Kids Talk Børnesnak 1859
250
Fathers Always Right Hvad Fatter gør det er altid det Rigtige 1861
254
The Gardener and the Aristocrats Gartneren og Herskabet 1872
260

The Swineherd Svinedrengen 1842
131
The Nightingale Nattergalen 1844
139
The Sweethearts Kærestefolkene 1844
152
The Ugly Duckling Den grimme Ælling 1844
156
The Snow Queen Snedronningen 1845
169
The Red Shoes De røde Sko 1845
207
Auntie Toothache Tante Tandpine 1872
269
Acknowledgments
285
Bibliography
287
About the Translation
295
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About the author (2009)

Diana Crone Frank has a Ph.D. in linguistics and is a producer for ABC News. Jeffrey Frank is a senior editor at the New Yorker and the author of the novels Bad Publicity and The Columnist. They live in Manhattan.

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