Hans Christian Andersen. The Illustrated Tales: With His Travels, Life and Times.
Lucky Peer, Picture Book Without Pictures, Extracts from A Poet's Bazaar. CRW Publishing, Leipzig, 2005. 584 p.
In celebration of the bicentenary of the birth of Hans Christian Andersen, a special edition of his much-loved stories has been compiled. This elegant volume, with a wealth of fully illustrated biographical information and reference material, is a stunning testament to the lasting legacy of his work. Hans Christian Andersen (1805-75) is one of the best-known storytellers of all time. He was an extraordinarily prolific and varied author whose magical stories include The Ugly Duckling, The Princess and the Pea, The Little Mermaid, The Tinderbox, The Snow Queen, The Ice Maiden, The Emperors New Clothes and many others which have become a part of folk-memory around the world. He is best known for these tales, but even these are by no means all fairy tales or ones for children. Some are straightforward fables, though he borrowed or adapted very little, most of his work being original. Together with selecting the stories, editor Charles Mosley has written a scholarly but immensely readable introduction. Detailing the prolific nature of Andersens writings, he highlights every part of his work, from fables and tales to opinion pieces and travel writings. Mosley also provides a biographical section giving details of Hans Christian Andersens life and travels, as well as sections on Andersen in art and illustration, in film, music and the stage, and even postage stamps. From his humble beginnings in a one-room house in Denmark to the end of his life, Andersens life is wonderfully chronicled.
(Bibliografisk kilde: HCAH 2005/406)