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The Swan's Stories
The transformation of the ugly duckling into a magnificent swan is one of the best known of all of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales-and, as translator Brian Alderson notes in this volume, that story bears more than a passing resemblance to the author's own life: gawky youth from a poor background who found his "swandom" in the telling of great and beautiful stories. T ...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published August 4th 1997 by Candlewick Press
(first published 1997)
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Hans Christian Andersen was apparently a sexually frustrated, star-crossed, bisexual social climbing snob, and his fairy tales all show it. They all have cruel twists; the protagonists are rejected again and again by the objects of their affection; some are incredibly scary and sad. Many of the stories are like the dark side of Disney's Beauty and the Beast in which inanimate objects come to life only in to inhabit a dark, dog-eat-dog world: a darning needle who ends up in the gutter continues t ...more
Hans Christian Andersen (Danish: [ˈhanˀs ˈkʁæsdjan ˈɑnɐsn]; often referred to in Scandinavia as H. C. Andersen; April 2, 1805 – August 4, 1875) was a Danish author and poet. Although a prolific writer of plays, travelogues, novels, and poems, Andersen is best remembered for his fairy tales. Andersen's popularity is not limited to children; his stories—called eventyr, or "fairy-tales"—express theme ...moreMore about Hans Christian Andersen...