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Containing an enchanting mix of familiar favourites and hidden gems- the Penguin Classics edition of Hans Christian Andersens Fairy Tales is translated by Tiina Nunnally and edited with an introduction by Jackie Wullschlager.The first writer to create timeless- universal fairy tales from his own imagination- Hans Christian Andersen conjured up a world of icy queens- match girls and tin soldiers- rewarded virtue and unfulfilled desire. Rich with popular tales such as The Emperors New Clothes and The Ugly Duckling- this revelatory new collection contains many later- darker and rarely collected stories- such as Auntie Toothache and The Shadow- in which a mans shadow slyly takes over his life.This sparkling new translation captures the eccentric charm of Andersens original- colloquial Danish style as never before. The introduction vividly describes his changing style and there are notes on every tale.Truly scrumptious- a proper treasury ... Read on with eyes as big as teacupsGuardianThis translation gives me- for the first time- a real sense of the range and variety of Andersens styleA.S. ByattThere have been some capable versions in English- but Tiina Nunnallys seems to me the best. Jackie Wullschlagers introduction will be of enormous valueHarold Bloom...
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