Publisher description for The stories of Hans Christian Andersen / [selected and translated by] Jeffrey Frank and Diana Crone Frank ; [including the original illustrations of Vilhelm Pedersen and Lorenz Froelich].

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Counter While Hans Christian Andersen's tales continue to seize the imagination with their singular blend of simplicity and charm, readers have had to content themselves with inaccurate retellings and inadequate translations. Now Diana Crone Frank, a linguist and Danish novelist, and Jeffrey Frank, a novelist and editor at The New Yorker, offer a much-needed modern translation of the 22 tales that best represent Andersen's literary legacy. In this collection are the classics, "The Little Mermaid," "The Ugly Duckling," "Thumbelisa," and "The Princess on the Pea," as well as largely unfamiliar stories like "From the Outermost Sea." Illuminating notes clarify references in the stories, and an extended introductory essay, which began as an article in The New Yorker, introduces the writer and his times. The Franks place the eccentric Andersen among his literary contemporaries, like Charles Dickens and Soren Kierkegaard, with whom he crossed passed. Illustrated with the delicate and beautiful drawings that accompanied the original Danish publication,The Stories of Hans Christian Andersen will be cause for celebration among readers of all ages.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Fairy tales Denmark, Children's stories, Danish Translations into English, Andersen, H, C, (Hans Christian), 1805-1875, Fairy tales, Short stories