Hans Christian Andersen
The Life of A StorytellerBook - 2000
Although before him Charles Perrault in France and the Brothers Gimm in Germany had collected and retold folk-tales in ways which found wide popular audiences, it was only with the appearance of Hans Christian Andersen's Eventyr (Fairy Tales) in 1835 that a writer emerged capable of creating new tales equal to those which existed in the folk memory. The grace and simplicity with which Andersen wrote, and his penetrating insight into the human condition, soon won him a wide following, and by the 1840s he was the most famous writer in Europe. Today, tales such as The Ugly Ducking and The Emperor's New Clothes are part of our inherited cultural consciousness, as familiar to us as any stories outside the Bible.
Publisher: London : Allen Lane/Penguin Press, c2000.
Branch Call Number: 921 A544w
Characteristics: xv, 505 p.,  p. of plates : ill., maps, ports. ; 25 cm.